Emeritus Professor Jennifer Seberry

PhD Computational Mathematics 1971

Emeritus Professor Jennifer Seberry is known as a pioneer in mathematics, cryptology and computer science. She was the first woman and first mathematician to complete a PhD at La Trobe University in 1971.

Jennifer quickly achieved global recognition for her discoveries in areas of Hadamard matrices. Her findings helped NASA to improve the quality of pictures brought back to earth from space probes.

She also co-invented a whole new area of Discrete Mathematics and went on to become the first woman reader in combinatorial mathematics in Australia. She was a founding member of the University of Sydney’s Research Foundation for Information Technology Information Security Group in 1987.

In an Australian‑first, Jennifer introduced the study of cryptology to the University of Sydney in 1980. She is also the first – and only – Australian Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research.

She has been a prolific publisher throughout her career, with over 450 articles mostly in journals and books. Jennifer retired from her 23-year tenure at the University of Wollongong in July 2015.