Don Aitkin, an academic and writer who led a transformation at the University of Canberra and contributed to organisations including the Australian Maths Trust, has passed away at the age of 84.
Donald Alexander Aitkin, born in 1937, became a professor of politics at Macquarie University in 1971 after completing a PhD at the Australian National University. From there, Aitkin went on to chair of the Australian Research Council, chair of the ACT Government’s Cultural Facilities Corporation, chair of the National Capital Authority, vice-chancellor at the University of Canberra, and AMT’s inaugural chair. In 1998, Aitkin was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, and was a regular contributor to The Canberra Times.
“The Australian Maths Trust community, our staff and volunteers – were saddened by the news of Don Aitkin’s passing. We send our heartfelt condolences to his friends and family. Amongst the many critical roles Don played at the University of Canberra and a number of organisations in the ACT, he was the Trust’s inaugural Chair (from 1992 – 2004) and played a vital role in helping the Trust build into the vibrant and creative organisation it is today. Vale Don Aitkin.” – Nathan Ford, CEO, AMT
Read more about Don Aitkin here.