According to the AMS, the inaugural group of Fellows - featuring mathematicians from around the world - comprise an enlarged class of mathematicians "recognised by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession".
The purpose of the Fellowships program is to acknowledge excellence, to support the advancement of more mathematicians in leadership positions in their own institutions and in wider society, and to stimulate competition among mathematicians for awards, promotion, and honours when being compared with colleagues from other disciplines. Fellows present a “public face” of excellence in mathematics, and can be called upon to advise the AMS President and/or Council on public matters.
Professor Sloan joined UNSW as a Lecturer in 1965. He has been Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics twice, and is currently Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems (MASCOS). Professor Sloan has formerly been President of both the Australian Mathematical Society and the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Professor Sloan's numerous other honours include his election as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (1993), his appointment as Officer of the Order of Australia (2008), and a host of awards such as the ANZIAM Medal (1997), the Australian Academy of Science Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal (2001), and the Szekeres Medal of the Australian Mathematical Society (2002).
We proudly congratulate Professor Sloan on this wonderful professional acknowledgement of his tireless work and service!