Ian Wanless

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Ian Murray Wanless (born 7 December 1969 in Canberra, Australia) is a professor in the School of Mathematics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His research area is combinatorics, principally Latin squares, graph theory and matrix permanents.

Wanless received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Australian National University in 1998. His thesis "Permanents, matchings and Latin rectangles" was supervised by Brendan McKay. He held a postdoctoral research position at Melbourne University (1998–1999), before becoming a junior research fellow at Christ Church, Oxford (1999–2003). He then had a research position at Australian National University (2003–2004) before spending 2005 as a senior lecturer at Charles Darwin University. Since 2006 he has been at Monash University, where he was promoted to professor in 2014.[1]

He has been awarded distinguished fellowships from the Australian Research Council including a QEII fellowship (2006–2010) and a Future Fellowship (2011–2014).[2] The Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications awarded him its Kirkman Medal in 2002 and its Hall Medal in 2008.[3] The Australian Institute of Policy and Science awarded him a Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award in 2008.[3] The Australian Mathematical Society awarded him its medal in 2009.[3]

Wanless is a life member of the Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia (CMSA). He has served two terms as the CMSA's President (2007–09 and 2014).[4] He is an editor in chief of the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics[5] and is on the editorial board of several other journals including the Journal of Combinatorial Designs.

Wanless represented Australia at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Cuba in 1987.[6]

Wanless is the coauthor (with Colbourn and Dinitz) of the chapter on Latin squares in the CRC Handbook of Combinatorial Designs[7] and the author of the chapter on matrix permanents in the CRC Handbook of Linear Algebra.[8]

Wanless has presented two historico-mathematical-comedic stories at Laborastory, one on his hero (Leonhard Euler) and one on his antihero (Eliyahu Rips).[9]


  1. ^ Monash University, Discrete Mathematics group. "Professor Wanless". Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  2. ^ Australian Research Council. "Summary of Successful Proposals for Future Fellowships for Funding Commencing in 2011" (PDF). Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Australian Mathematical Society. "Winners of the AustMS medal for 2009" (PDF). Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia. "Minutes of Annual General Meetings". Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  5. ^ The Electronic Journal of Combinatorics. "Editorial Team". Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "Former IMO Olympians". Archived from the original on December 13, 2018. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  7. ^ C. Colbourn, J. Dinitz and I. Wanless (2007). "Latin squares". In C. Colbourn; J. Dinitz (eds.). Handbook of Combinatorial Designs (2 ed.). Boca Raton: Chapman & Hall/CRC.
  8. ^ I. Wanless (2014). "Permanents". In L. Hogben (ed.). Handbook of Linear Algebra (2 ed.). Boca Raton: CRC Press.
  9. ^ "The Laborastory". Retrieved December 22, 2016.