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Ruth Williams is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego. Ruth grew up in Bendigo and was dux of Bendigo High School before going on to complete her BSc(Hons) and MSc at the University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD at Stanford University under Kai Lai Chung. Over the years she has been awarded many honours for her research including election to the US National Academy of Sciences and D.Sc. (honoris causa) from La Trobe University. At present Ruth is a member of the advisory board of the research institute MATRIX and she presented an invited lecture at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society in 2015.

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