Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President Research and Research Training

Professor Lawrence Cram

In July 2016 Professor Lawrence Cram was appointed the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President Research and Research Training. Previously Professor Cram held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Research Training.

Professor Cram's appointment draws on his extensive experience in university executive positions to serve CDU during a period of transition. Professor Cram served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the Australian National University between February 2004 and June 2012. He was appointed subsequently Master of University House until his retirement in December, 2013.

Professor Cram’s career spans more than 40 years of research in engineering, mathematics, astronomy, physics, computing and higher education policy. Prior to taking up his position at ANU, he was Executive Director (Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences) at the Australian Research Council and Professor of Physics (Astrophysics) at the University of Sydney. He has worked as assistant Chief of the CSIRO Division of Applied Physics and as an astronomer in several institutions in the USA, Germany and France.

Professor Cram’s research achievements include the analysis and interpretation of observations of the Sun, stars and galaxies, the development of computer programs to investigate astronomical phenomena, and the design of astronomical instrumentation. He has co-authored a number of books on astronomy and popular science, and published well over 200 scientific papers. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Engineers, the Royal Astronomical Society, and the Australian Institute of Physics. He is a member of International Astronomical Union and the Astronomical Society of Australia.

Professor Cram has been acknowledged by students as an effective teacher of mathematics and physics at undergraduate and doctoral levels. He served as Chair of the Academic Board of his alma mater, the University of Sydney, 1999-2001 and has a long-standing interest in higher education practices and policies, particularly in relation to identification and enhancement of affordances that arise between universities and their scholarly communities.

Lawrence Cram


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Charles Darwin University
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