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Honorary School Patron - Dr Andrew Prentice

​Dr Andrew Prentice with "Little Aliens"
​TSAA's Honorary Patron is Dr Andrew Prentice, adjunct professor at Monash University.  Andrew is a planetary mathematician, and although now retired, is still regarded as a high-profile member of Monash's Centre for Stellar and Planetary Astrophysics in Melbourne. 
Dr Prentice has spent nearly four decades working on the Modern Laplacian theory (based on a hypothesis first suggested by French mathematician Pierre de Laplace in 1796) of how the Solar System was formed some 4.5 billion years ago.  An overwhelming number of his mathematical predictions have proven to be correct as space probes continue to return data on the physical and chemical structure of the Solar System.
Although Andrew is now officially employed as a reader at the university, he continues on with his outstanding work on the solar system.  Andrew has always had a keen interest in mathematics and astronomy education.  He spends as much time as he can visiting schools to share his fascinating work with students, encouraging them as tomorrow’s great achievers and discoverers.