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Adam Barrington Spencer born 29 January is an Australian comedian, media personality and former radio presenter.
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He first came to fame when he won his round of the comedic talent search Raw Comedy in He hosts events and panels, writes mathematical recreation books, and performs his own comedy at events around the country.
He is an avid supporter of the Australian rules football team, the Sydney Swans , and was declared their number one ticket holder for the season.
A few hours after birth, he suffered a seizure, and doctors found blood between his brain and scalp. Twice in the first two days of his life, a priest was called to give the last rites.
His father Larry, died from prostate cancer in Spencer attended Boronia Park Public School,  where his favourite teacher, Ms Russell, nurtured his lifelong love of mathematics when he was in second grade, in He graduated with a score of out of in four-unit maths.
His earliest job was selling newspapers,  and during university worked as a dishwasher at a pancake restaurant. He was the first in his family to attend university, and originally enrolled to study arts-law. This included economics and philosophy, but he dropped out of those subjects  and took up maths to "round it out", but eventually changed to a maths major.
He was also President of the University of Sydney Union. He was secretly entered into the Triple J Raw Comedy Championship in by a former girlfriend,  and won the NSW championship  although this has also been reported as winning the second prize, as he came second in the national competition.
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He was a regular guest on the O'Loghlin variety comedy show since its first episode in June This focused on the views of leading Australians about the challenges facing Australia in the 21st century. Spencer was spotted by radio station Triple J's senior broadcaster, Helen Razer , at the Raw Comedy Finals, when he provided a live impromptu weather segment involving mathematical equations.
He was invited to do occasional work at Triple J, and then hosted segments during the midnight-to-dawn shifts.
Helen Razer left in In ,  Spencer was later promoted to solo hosting  of the breakfast show  for approximately 18 months. Wil Anderson joined Triple J in April ,  beginning their renowned co-hosting of the breakfast show.
The highest-number of mathematical references made by Spencer on an episode the show was 32 instances on 7 March It was rated as number 26 in Triple J's Hottest Both Anderson and Spencer chose to retire  from the breakfast show in Spencer has hosted science-related events and held guest spots at a wide range of festivals and conferences, and has been described as "the Eddie McGuire of edgy cultural events.
Spencer was interviewed about issues affecting teens, for George Negus ' New Dimensions' special screenings during Youth Week in He went through Channel 7's Wheel of Fortune 's formal audition process in April For several years, he has hosted both the Eureka awards and the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science award ceremonies.
Spencer has presented televised coverage of Tropfest for a number of years, including  and Ian Layne noted that many Triple J presenters, including Spencer, were post-youth, rather than appealing to the youth demographic. While hosting the Motorola Dance Music Awards in November, Spencer chastised Australian Idol judge Ian "Dicko" Dickson about his choice of outfit: "If you're gonna wear that shirt in public, then you'll have to lose some weight.
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It has also been published as a German translation A book review by Art Johnson noted that it contains "rather strong language," rendering it inappropriate for students. The CD series was issued under the Mytunes series name distinct from the MyTunes program used to circumvent iTunes restrictions. They included Mytunes  , Mytunes 2  and Mytunes 3  Spencer was interviewed about how to pursue a safe and happy sex life, for Julie McCrossin 's book, Love, Lust and Latex  He was interviewed for a chapter on prelabour in Lucy Perry's book,  Cheers to childbirth: a dad's guide to childbirth support  .
Spencer and producer Jo Chichester were interviewed for episode nine  of ABC's television series Artzone in Spencer was prompted to lose 25 kilograms in , at the behest of his then-girlfriend, Elke Taylor. He met his ex-wife Melanie Mossman at a pub trivia night, telling her an answer in the quiz "The actor is George Clooney and the film is Solaris.
On the final day of his breakfast show in November ,  he announced that his partner Melanie Mossman was pregnant and that the next year he would be leaving his media career to become a full-time dad. He returned within two years to present another breakfast radio show.
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He married Mel on 28 January   in the Great Hall at Sydney University,  where guests were asked to donate to charities in lieu of gifts. Amblypsilopus elaquarae Elaquare's Amblypsilopus. In , thieves broke into Spencer's family home in Newtown , taking valuables including a laptop containing photos of his baby daughter. In August , Spencer confirmed he and Mossman had separated in early and been divorced for some time.
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While Spencer attended St. Aloysius' College and was brought up a Catholic, he describes himself an atheist. Spencer took part in a celebrity game of football in June ,   May ,  and May ,  to fundraise for the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children now Redkite. In April , he was master of ceremonies during a corporate function held before the Sydney Swans versus Geelong match. In June , to commemorate the Swans' 30 years in Sydney, he wrote for the Daily Telegraph about his ideal Swans team list.
In October he was named as the number one ticket holder for the Sydney Swans for the season. In Spencer played the Jack Newton celebrity classic the longest running and most successful celebrity pro-am golf tournament in Australia.
In , Spencer spoke at the constitutional monarchists' attack on the Australian Republican Movement , at the University. In the by-election, while he was a student and part-time mathematics teacher at Sydney University, Spencer ran as an independent candidate. The party received votes. In November , an article in the satirical Chaser newspaper alleged that Spencer refused to play a song by Little Johnny pseudonym of Pauline Pantsdown , because of his "conservative leanings".
In , Spencer spoke out against the government's proposed funding cuts to the ABC, and accused politicians of hiding loathing for the broadcaster behind arguments around inefficiencies.
In , he was one of 61 prominent Australians who signed an open letter urging the Prime Minister to call a moratorium on new coal mines as part of a global climate change agreement.
Spencer is an ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation. He is the national Patron for Dry July ,  having supported the cause ever since it began, prompted by a phone call to his breakfast radio show in He coaches the University of Sydney second grade women's football team.
He sought corporate sponsorship to help the Australian Chess Team, issuing a national plea in The request was a success, and the team were able to attend the 35th Chess Olympiad in Bled , Slovenia , with financial help from condom maker Ansell.
Spencer took part in the Starlight Cup in October sponsored by Hewlett-Packard  and December sponsored by Qantas ,  wherein former tennis greats competing against celebrities.
He promoted pharmacy careers in an advertising campaign for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia in , and In August , he hosted a corporate quiz fundraiser for Redkite in Brisbane.
In November , he was one of the celebrity judges rating moustaches for the Movember Gala Party in Sydney. The campaign raised funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Spencer was part of the language expert panel for the Australian subsidiary developing the Microsoft Office System.
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He was the Australia Day Ambassador in In , he featured in advertisements for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. The campaign focused on providing men with advice on prostate cancer and encouraged them to investigate testing options.
In , Spencer signed up as one of the Ambassadors for White Ribbon ,   taking part in a swearing-in ceremony. Spencer told his radio audience that he regarded Sandilands' remarks as "heinous". In , he participated in a video for Reach Out , focusing on combating stress during exams. He highlighted his change in studies from law to mathematics , and eventual radio role, as examples of changing direction and life path.
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Spencer was one of the celebrities credited with promoting the SPCsunday hashtag on Twitter in , which helped to increase exposure for struggling food processor SPC Ardmona. Spencer has advocated for better science literacy through educational reforms and improved resourcing for science teachers and laboratories in Australian primary schools. Lurnea High School was the winning school for his guest teaching spot in In , he was one of the suspects in the scientific whodunnit, "Who stole the Minister's malibu?
In , he signed  the "And in Science He hosted a maths workshop at Gosford High School. On the eve of the global March for Science April , Spencer, along with 44 other public figures and members of the scientific community, signed a letter in support of international scientific endeavour.
In , Main-belt asteroid Adamspencer was named after him.
In , he was ranked 49th in the Weekend Australian ' s list of "Top 50 most influential in higher education". In , photographer Lisa Giles included Spencer in a collection of 50 portraits in the exhibition Schools of Thought , focused on people associated with the University of Sydney. The image has been included in the National Library's collection. In , photographer David Stefanoff selected Spencer as one of a selection of famous faces projected onto trees and landscapes.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Australian mathematician, comedian and radio presenter. For the curler, see Adam Spencer curler. Sydney , Australia.
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Retrieved 13 October Sydney Swans official site. Retrieved 18 July It took many operations over 12 years to correct, leaving Spencer with what he calls his "wonky eye". Perfect vision, but a slightly closed lid.