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Former Master inducted as College Fellow

Emeritus Professor Tony Shannon AM

Warrane’s former Master, eminent academic, Professor Tony Shannon AM, was inducted as an Honorary Fellow during formal dinner on Wednesday 1 August, 2012.

The honour was conferred in recognition of Tony’s outstanding contribution to the College which began well before his decade as Master, starting in the year 2000.

It also recognised Tony’s notable contribution to his profession and, as with other College fellows, his exemplary sense of “the importance of the mission, objectives and functions of the College”.

Tony, who was born in Mosman, Sydney, on September 30, 1938, was educated in Sydney, Oxford, and Cambridge, and has three doctorates. They were in pure mathematics (for number theory), education (awarded for his dissertation “A Thomistic evaluation of John Dewey and the foundations of education”), and in science, for his work on “interdisciplinary contributions to the diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus”.

Tony’s professional appointments have included school teaching in Sydney and London, in the Royal Australian Navy, and as a university mathematician, including his appointments at the University of New England and the University of Technology, Sydney, where he was the Foundation Dean of the University Graduate School.

Tony has also been employed by the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, and the University Hospital, Cardiff, Wales.

Despite being well over the age at which most people have retired, Tony has continued with many professional duties. He is presently an Auditor for the Australian Universities Quality Agency, a Higher Education Assessor with the NSW Department of Education and Training, a Subject Specialist with the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, and a “Research Coach” at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

Tony has completed many academic visits over the years, including to the Universidad de Navarra, Spain, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, UCLA, Campus Bio-Medico, Rome, Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, Rome, stanbul Kültür Űniversitesi, Turkey, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey, and Harvard University.

He is a chartered mathematician, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications, Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society, Fellow of the College of Preceptors, and Fellow of the Australian College of Educators.

He has also been on the editorial boards of many professional journals, including Education Today, International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, International Journal Bioautomation, Notes on Intuitionistic Fuzzy Sets, Notes on Number Theory & Discrete Mathematics (Co-Editor in Chief), Advanced Studies in Contemporary Mathematics (Managing Editor), and Proceedings of the Jangjeon Mathematical Society (Managing Editor).

For his “services to education, particularly in the field of applied mathematics”, he was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987.

Tony was married to Marie Shannon, who was also an enthusiastic supporter of the College, for almost 43 years before Marie passed away in 2009.