Nicholas Wormald


1975 …2021

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Nick works in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University as a Professor.

He has worked on many topics in combinatorics - see his personal web page linked below. His main interest is in random structures - such as random networks. There are many things that we can prove the existence of, yet it is not known how to construct one, using a probabilistic approach. We can sometimes show the probability that something exists is nonzero using properties of random structures. Studying the random structures can involve many areas of mathematics such as graph theory, enumeration methods, probability theory, analysis (including e.g. differential equations, complex analysis). Nick has also worked on applications of mathematics to the optimisation of underground mines.  

Nick has a PhD from the University of Newcastle, and after that moved between countries seven times to take up various positions. He joined the School in 2013 as an Australian Laureate Fellow, moving from Waterloo, Canada where he held a Canada Research Chair in Combinatorics and Optimization for ten years. 

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  • random structures
  • probabilistic combinatorics
  • combinatorics


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