Marston Conder is a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of Auckland, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, the Institute of Combinatorics and Applications, and the New Zealand Mathematical Society. He served as President of the Royal Society of New Zealand Academy from 2006 to 2008, and two terms as a member of the Marsden Fund Council (1996-1997 and 2002-2005).
After a Masters degree at the University of Waikato, Professor Conder obtained a DPhil degree from the University of Oxford. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Otago in 1981, followed by a Royal Society (UK) Research Fellowship at the Universitaet Tuebingen (Germany) in 1982, and a Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1987. He has held other fellowships and visiting positions at various places, and was awarded a 2-year James Cook Research Fellowship in 2012.
His research interests are in algebra, geometry and combinatorics. He has a worldwide reputation for his work in combinatorial and computational group theory, and especially their application to the analysis and construction of discrete objects with maximum symmetry. He was President of the NZ Mathematical Society from 1993 to 1995, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1998, awarded a DSc by the University of Oxford in 1999, and served a term as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Auckland from 1999 to 2001. He was also one of the original architects of the PBRF (chairing the government committee that set up the PBRF mechanism in 2002), and was Co-Director of the NZ Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (the NZIMA) for ten years from 2002 to 2012. In 2013 he was the first Maclaurin Lecturer (under a visitor exchange programme between the American and NZ Mathematical Societies).