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(Foreign Fellow, 2000)
Richard Peirce Brent was born in 1946, Melbourne, Australia; son of Oscar R. P. Brent and Nancy E. M. Brent.
He studied at Melbourne Grammar School, Monash University (Australia), and Stanford University (USA); 1968 BSc Monash Honours 1 in Mathematics; 1970 MSc Stanford in Computer Science; 1971 PhD Stanford in Computer Science; 1981 DSc Monash in Computer Science; 1998 MA Oxon (by special resolution).
His Research interests are Analysis of algorithms, combinatorics, computational complexity, number theory, numerical analysis, parallel computing, randomised algorithms, random number generators.
In 1968 he was Teaching Fellow, Computer Centre, Monash University; 1971 Research Employee, IBM Research Center, Yorktown Heights, USA; 1972 Research Fellow, Computer Centre, Australian National University (ANU); 1973 Fellow, Computer Centre, ANU; 1976 Senior Fellow, Computer Centre/Computing Research Group, ANU; 1978 Foundation Professor and Head of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, ANU; 1983 Professor, Centre for Mathematical Analysis, ANU; 1985 Professor and Head, Computer Sciences Laboratory, ANU; 1998 Statutory Professor of Computing Science and Fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford, UK; 2005 ARC Federation Fellow, MSI & RSISE, Australian National University; 2010 Distinguished Professor, MSI & CECS, Australian National University; 2011 Emeritus Professor, Australian National University.
Prof. Brent was 1975 Visiting Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Stanford University (3 months); 1978 Visiting Professor, EECS, University of California, Berkeley (3 months); 1989 Visiting Professor, Computer Science, Carnegie-Mellon University (2 months); 1997 Visiting Professor, Mathematics, Harvard University (2 months); 2005–2011 Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, UK (short visits); 2014–2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Visiting Fellow, University of Newcastle, NSW; 2011–2021 Conjoint Professor, Mathematics, University of Newcastle, NSW.
He was awarded 1963 BHP Prize, Victoria; 1984 Australian Mathematical Society Medal; 1990 Forsythe Memorial Lecturer, Stanford University; 2000 IEEE Millennium Medal; 2005 Hannan Medal of the Australian Academy of Science; 2014 Moyal Lecturer and Medallist, Macquarie University; 2015 Golub Memorial Lecturer, Hong Kong Baptist University.
Prof. Brent is the author of two books and over 270 papers, many in refereed journals. Only the books are listed here. A complete list is available at https://maths-people.anu.edu.au/~brent/pub/pubsall.html.
R. P. Brent, Algorithms for Minimization without Derivatives, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1973, 195 pp. Reprinted by Dover Publications, Mineola, New York, 2002. R. P. Brent and P. Zimmermann, Modern Computer Arithmetic, Cambridge University Press, Nov. 2010, 236 pp. Brent’s publications have over 18, 000 citations on Google Scholar.
Brent has supervised 21 PhD students at the Australian National University, Oxford University, and the University of Newcastle. Details are available at https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu.
In 1982 he became Fellow, Australian Academy of Science; 1991 Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA (Life Fellow, 2011); 1993 Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Australia (resigned 1998); 1995 Fellow, Association for Computing Machinery, USA (resigned 2013); 1997 Fellow, Australian Mathematical Society; 2002 Fellow, British Computer Society (resigned 2008) 2003 Fellow, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, UK; 2009 Fellow, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, USA; 2009 Foreign Fellow, Bangladesh Academy of Science; 2019 Distinguished Fellow of the International Engineering and Technology Institute.