Warren Atkins, Australia
Warren Atkins receives his award from Professor Hyman Bass, President of ICMI, in Copenhagen on Tuesday 06 July 2004.
Warren Atkins is one of four Australian mathematicians who together
created what is today the Australian Mathematics Trust. In the myriad of
activities generated through this organization, Warren has served in various
capacities. Among them, he has been continuously a member of the Management
Committee. He has been Chair of the Australian Mathematics Foundation.
He has been an appointed representative to the Australian Mathematical
Olympiad Committee. For many years he has been chairman of the Problems
Committee of the Australian Mathematics Competition, where his leadership
has led to interesting and challenging papers for students.
At the founding meeting of the Federation in 1984 he undertook the task of
editing the Foundation Newsletter, and was named Editor of the Federation
journal “Mathematics Competitions” which evolved from the newsletter, a role
he has maintained to this day. As an author he has collaborated on numerous
research articles dealing with student performance, and has authored a book
on problem solving.
While his contributions have generally been behind the most visible public
screen, they have been significant, and his efforts have been a major
factor in the creation and growth of the Australian Mathematics Competition.