Adjunct Research Fellow
School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics


Some direct ancestors of mine who came to Australia: 2nd-ggf/m=2nd great-grandfather/mother:
Thomas Walker 4th-ggf, (arrived as freeman on the Active 1791);
Mary Loveridge 5th-ggm (gypsy convict from Berkshire, 1792 Royal Admiral);
James Clissold 4th-ggf, (marine on first ship HMS Calcutta 1803 to Port Phillip Bay, now Melbourne);
Mary Carn-Davies 4th-ggm, (Welsh convict, Experiment 1804);
Charlotte Loveridge 4th-ggm, (born on Royal Admiral off Senegal 1792);
Robert Grant-Ferguson 2nd-ggf, (convict from Edinburgh, Mellish 1828);
George Reid 3rd-ggf, (Fusilier 21st Regiment, Sydney Cove 1833, Perth 1835);
Sarah Lynam 2nd-ggm, (servant to High Sheriff of NSW from Cork Ireland, James Pattison 1838);
Archibald Smith 1st-ggf, (minister from Paisley, Eleutheria 1844);
Harold Glynn 1st-ggf, (accountant Liverpool, Gulf of St Vincent 1884).
Senegal, Berkshire, (Royal Admiral), Windsor, ship's log, HMS Calcutta, interestingdetails, Port Phillip Bay, Van Diemen's Land, entering Sydney, Goderich Lodge


B.Sc., B.Sc.(Hons.), Ph.D. (University of Adelaide, 1980)

Honours, awards and grants

Distinguished Adjunct Professor, King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2014
Marsden Fund Grant (Royal Society of NZ) in Quantum Codes 2001
Foundation Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, 1990
QEII Fellow, Adelaide, 1984
Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerca Fellow, Firenze, Italy 1980
Von Humboldt Fellow, Erlangen, West Germany, 1979

Teaching interests

Geometry, Discrete Mathematics, Combinatorics, Linear and Non-Linear Algebra, Group Theory and Fields, Coding Theory, History of Mathematics

Research expertise

  • Communications technologies
  • Computation theory and mathematics
  • History and philosophy of specific fields
  • Mathematics sciences

Research interests

Foundations of Geometry, Finite Geometry, Combinatorics, Invariant Theory (Hyperdeterminants, Determinant-like functions),Coding Theory, Quantum Codes.Glynn's 1983 Adelaide conference paper "Two new sequences of ovals in finite Desarguesian planes of even order" has over 60 citations on Google Scholar.  It contains the first new monomial (hyper)ovals after those of the Italian geometer Beniamino Segre.  These ovals produce nice types of MDS error-correcting codes, which are used e.g. in CD's, DVD's, space communications, and QR (quick-response) codes.  He has 662 citations on GoogleScholar.  On 16 October 2012 Glynn gave a talk at the University of Ghent, RUG, Belgium, on "New Methods in Geometry, Combinatorics and Algebra".  He also gave a talk on "Hamilton Cycles of Cubic Graphs" at the International Graph Theory Workshop at CSEM, Flinders, Dec. 14-15, 2012. There is a summary of talks with some copies of the slides at 20 Talk Summaries.  For those who register (for free) at ResearchGate there is a list of Glynn's work and downloads at ResearchGate.Glynn's latest paper is "A rabbit hole between topology and geometry", in print at ISRN Geometry. Related to this he now has a proof of Desargues theorem in any plane over a skew field, using the existence of a certain planar graph.


  • Glynn, D. (1983). Two new sequences of ovals in finite desarguesian planes of even order. In L.R.A. Casse, ed. Lecture Notes in Mathematics. Berlin: Springer Verlag. Combinatorial Mathematics X. Adelaide, South Australia. Aug 1982, pp. 217-229.

Professional and community engagement

South Australian Road Runners and Walkers Club, aboriginal stone tools, chess

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Mathematics


  • geometry, codes, algebra


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Further information

Assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC) as an "expert of International standing", and also for the European FP7 research scheme, in the Mathematics, Engineering and IT areas. Also Distinguished Adjunct Professor at KAU in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Citations on Google ScholarMy great^5 grandmother Mary Loveridge (The Red Lion formerly Green Dragon, George St, Windsor, NSW, next to what is now the oldest running pub in Australia) had many Dargin sons and daughters, many of whom were also publicans: John (Coach and Arms 1832 later Melbourne Hotel, yearly license tax 25 pounds), now the Post Office, Kelso, near Bathurst 200 km west of Sydney, the oldest pub west of the Great Divide), William (The Bee Hive, York St, The Crown, The Emu, The Bulls Head, The New Inn, George St, Sydney), James (The Highland Laddie, Bathurst, The Irish Arms, Sydney Rd, Parramatta), Sophia (Coach and Arms, Kelso, yearly tax in 1854 for a license was 50 pounds with two people giving surities of 50 pound each).

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