Marston Conder

Marston Donald Edward Conder (born September 1955) is a New Zealand mathematician, a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Auckland University,[1] and the former co-director of the New Zealand Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. His main research interests are in combinatorial group theory, graph theory, and their connections with each other.

Marston Conder
Marston Donald Edward Conder

September 1955 (age 64)
ResidenceAuckland, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
Alma mater
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Auckland
ThesisMinimal Generating Pairs for Certain Permutation Groups (1980)
Doctoral advisorGraham Higman

Conder was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, and studied at Matamata College.[2] He earned a master's degree in social science from Waikato University in 1977, and a doctorate from Oxford University in 1980 under the supervision of Graham Higman.[2][3][4] He served as president of the New Zealand Mathematical Society from 1993 to 1995,[3] and as president of the Academy of the Royal Society of New Zealand from 2006 to 2008. In 2011 he was selected as the inaugural Maclaurin Lecturer, as part of a reciprocal exchange between the New Zealand Mathematical Society and the American Mathematical Society.[5]

Conder is a fellow of the New Zealand Mathematical Society and of the Royal Society of New Zealand,[3] and in 2012 became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[6] He was named as a Distinguished Alumnus of Waikato University for 2013.[7]


  1. Staff directory listing entry, Auckland U. Mathematics, retrieved 2013-01-22.
  2. Centrefold: Marston Conder, NZMS Newsletter 70, August 1997, retrieved 2013-01-22.
  3. RSNZ member profile, retrieved 2013-01-22.
  4. Marston Donald Edward Conder at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. Mathematician receives joint NZ-US honour,, 1 September 2011, retrieved 2013-01-22.
  6. List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-21.
  7. University of Waikato celebrates Distinguished Alumni for 2013, retrieved 2016-12-07.
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