Biographical Sketch

Professor Sidney Allen Morris, FAustMS, FIMA

After 40 years as a university academic, Sid Morris retired in April 2010 from the position of Professor of Informatics and Head of the (Graduate) School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences (ITMS) of the University of Ballarat. He had served as Head of School for eight years and has seen the number of students and staff in the School quadruple and its research output increase tenfold. Today he is Emeritus Professor of the Federation University, Australia (formerly University of Ballarat) and Adjunct Professor of La Trobe University. He is also the Chair of the Academic Board of The Wiliam Light Institute, Joint Editor of the Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, and a member of the Editorial Board of the open access refereed international journal "Axioms".

During his career he held many positions including Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor, Research Professor, Head of Department, Head of School, Dean, Chief Academic Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, and for some periods, Acting Vice-Chancellor and President.

Universities he was employed by include the University of Queensland, the University of Adelaide, the University of Florida, the University of New South Wales, the University of Wales (through the UK Science Research Council), La Trobe University, Tulane University, Tel-Aviv University, the University of New England, the University of Wollongong, the University of South Australia, and the University of Ballarat.

He was the Editor of the Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society (the largest Australian research mathematics journal), Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology, an Associate Editor of the Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society, a founding Editor of the Journal of Group Theory and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Mathematical Lecture Series (a book series published by Cambridge University Press).

Sid has been a very active member of key university committees including Academic Board, Higher Education Curriculum Committee, Teaching and Learning Committee, Promotions Committee, Research Committee and PhD Committee. He served as Deputy Chair of the Academic Senate, and on the Board of the Australian Consortium for Higher Education in Malaysia, and on the Board of The Institute for Telecommunications Research (TITR), a Director of the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing (VPAC), and Chair of Ballarat ICT Ltd, is a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Mathematical Society, a Fellow of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), and was a Companion of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. He is also a Life Governor of Massada College Adelaide Inc.

He received the Lester R. Ford Award from the Mathematical Association of America. He also received an Outstanding Service award from the Australian Computer Society.

He was the inaugural Advisor to the University of South Australia chapter of the Golden Key National Honour Society, a member of the Board of the Ngapartji Multimedia Centre, Chair of the Management Committee of the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) and a member of the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA) and its Operations Committee.

He has published five books, including an online book used in 100 countries and translated into Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Korean, Persian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish and 160 research papers. His most recent book "The Structure of Compact Groups" appeared in 2013 and is a 900+ page research monograph coauthored with Karl Hofmann and was published by de Gruyter, a major international publisher. His previous book, also coauthored with Karl Hofmann, was published by the European Mathematical Society and is a 600 page research monograph. In 2016 he edited the book: "Topological Groups: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" published by MDPI.

He served as Vice-President of the Australian Mathematical Society and as a member of its Council for 25 years. He established the Mathematical Analysis Research Group (MARG) at both the University of Wollongong and the University of South Australia.

Born in Brisbane in 1947, he graduated with a BSc(Hons) from the University of Queensland and a year later received a PhD from Flinders University.

He takes great pride in the way the Faculty of Informatics flourished during his deanship - in particular, the 60% increase in the Faculty research metric, and the substantial increase in the number of senior and tenured female staff. As a result of the introduction of attractive degrees and cross-faculty double degrees, Informatics had the highest median entrance score of any faculty in the University of Wollongong other than Law.

Sid is also proud of his achievements as Head of the School (later Graduate School) of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences (ITMS) of the University of Ballarat. Over eight years, the student numbers increased from 500 to over 2,000. The Graduate School became one of the largest providers of international postgraduate education in IT in Australia. The Graduate School excelled in its international activities, especially with on-shore Partner Providers and its Quality Assurance in connection with moderation. The research output of the School, as determined by an agreed research metric, increased tenfold in eight years. The School established a uniquely close working relationship with IBM for mutual benefit. In particular, this resulted in the graduates from the School's courses being distinguished by being industry-ready. The flagship course offered by the Graduate School, in collaboration with IBM, was the Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice). IBM guaranteed an employment offer for all graduates of this degree program something it did not do for any other IT program in Australia.

He has served as President of the Board of Governors of Massada College Adelaide Inc., Chair of the Yeshiva College Parents' Development Committee, President of the B'nai Brith Hillel Foundation of Victoria, Vice-President of the Board of Management of the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation Inc., Vice-President of the Wollongong City PreSchool, a member of the Council of the Independent Schools Board of South Australia, and a member of the Jewish Community Council of South Australia and its Public Affairs Committee.

In his retirement he continues to do research and to expand his online book, Topology Without Tears, which is on the web at Sid is making videos on topology which can be viewed on youtube (eg, is an active participant with students around the world on his facebook group page called "Topology Without Tears Readers" which has over 5,000 members. He is a participant in the worldwide Daf Yomi program and in 2016 he was ordained as a Rabbi. He has been married for over 40 years, has a married daughter, son-in-law, and a grandson. He enjoys having the time and opportunity to be with his family and also to walk and play with his dogs.