Francisco Bellot Rosado
Francisco Bellot Rosado received the BA degree from University of
Madrid in 1963 and has been associated with the Institute Emilio
Ferrari of Valladolid in some capacity since 1966, serving both as
secretary and as principal, and later as Associate Professor in the
department of Algebra, Geometry and Topology.
After serving two years as deputy leaders of the Spanish Olympiad
team in 1988 and 1989, he served for the next 8 years as team leader.
He has been an active contributor to conferences of the World Federation
of National Mathematics Competitions He has also been as avid contributor
to problem journals such as to Crux Mathematicorum, the MAA Monthly,
and Math Magazine. He has served as European representative of the
WFNMC since 1996.
One of Francisco's recommenders said, referring to his Pravets
(1994) talk, "was about the practice of recycling competition problems
in the problem creation and problem selection. He argued that for the
sake of problem culture as well as for practical applications, e.g.
mathematics competitions, originality was constantly required. Speaking
softly, he delivered a true challenge."
Also Francisco Bellot-Rosado has been a very influential figure in
another prestigious mathematical contest that involves more than
twenty-five countries: the "Olimpiada Iberoamericana de Matematica"
conducted by the "O. E. I." ( Organizacion de los Estados
Iberoamericanos para la Educacion, la Ciencia y la Cultura or
"Organization of the Iberoamerican States for Education, Science,
and Culture". "Iberoamerican" meaning all Latin American countries
plus Spain and Portugal ). Additionally, Francisco is noted for
single-handedly founding a Mediterranean Regional Mathematics Olympiad.
Again quoting from a letter of nomination, "As an O. E. I.'s
international expert, Francisco Bellot has visited many Latin
American countries promoting the mathematical olympiads idea,
taking care of organizational matters as well as technical aspects
like frequent lectures and workshops about mathematical problem
solving for students, "mathletes", and teachers. The efforts,
orientation, and help from Francisco Bellot made it possible, in
1996, that Costa Rica became the first Central American country
in being home for the XI O. E. I.'s Mathematical Olympiad.
Presently, he is working on the organization and initiation
of a new international mathematical olympiad for the six
Central American countries and we are sure he will succeed as usual."
The photo above shows Francisco receiving his award from Professor
Ron Dunkley, President of WFNMC, in Tokyo on Friday 4 August, 2000.