Prestigious Award for Iran Mathematician

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Active ImageAn Iranian mathematics instructor has been announced as one of the winners of the prestigious Paul Erdِs Award for 2010 by the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions (WFNMC).

The winners for 2010 are Yahya Tabesh from Iran and Rafael Sanchez-Lamoneda from Venezuela.

The award, given for sustained and distinguished contribution to the enrichment of mathematics education, is limited to at most three winners every two years and is decided after extensive refereeing and evaluation of many candidates.

Tabesh was born on April 14, 1950 in Tehran. He got a degree in computer engineering in 1973 from Sharif (ex Arya Mehr) University of Technology in Tehran, and graduated in applied mathematics from Syracuse University in the US in 1977.
He taught at Isfahan University of Technology (1977-1988) and Sharif University of Technology since 1988. He served as chairman of the Department of Mathematical Sciences (1994-98) and is director of Computing Center at the same institution since 1998.

He is involved in important competitions in Mathematics and Informatics. Tabesh was co-organizer of the First Isfahan Mathematics Competition which paved the way for the Iranian Math Olympiads and several other science Olympiad in the country. He is also known for designing and founding the mathematics houses in Iran and was co-author and editor of the first Iranian Math Society Journal (Farhang and Andisheh Riazi).

Active ImageTabesh has played a key role in motivating high school and university graduates to choose math or computer sciences as their field of study and was also involved in coaching Iranian teams for International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) for many years.

Over the years the distinguished teacher has organized and co-organized mathematics, computer science and ICT workshops, seminars and at least three national conferences in Iran.

The World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions was founded in 1984 through the inspiration of Professor Peter O ‘Halloran (1931-1994) from Australia.

The Fifth International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME), held in that year in Adelaide, Australia, had a section on Mathematics Competitions. At one of the sessions of this section, chaired by Peter O ‘Halloran, the creation of an international organization related to mathematics competitions was discussed. The response was very positive. A committee was elected with the mandate to develop the federation. Peter O ‘Halloran became the founding president of the Federation.

Source: ISNA & Iran Daily

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