Hans-Dietrich Gronau, Germany
Posted Sunday 03 August 2008
Hans-Dietrich Gronau receives his Erdös Award from Peter Taylor, Chairman of the WFNMC Awards Committee,
at the final meeting of the IMO 2008 Jury in Madrid, on 20 July.
Dieter participated in the IMO in Bucharest in 1969, where he won a Bronze Medal. He
holds a PhD at Rostock University. From 1971 to 1985 he was
an examiner and coordinator in the East German Olympiad training program. From 1969 to 1986 he was a
trainer, examiner and personal teacher of students in the club of young mathematicians in the Neubrandenburg
district. He was Deputy Leader and then Leader of the East German IMO team for several years until 1990.
After Unification he became the Chairman of the united Mathematical Olympiad Organisation for all of Germany
and he has been chief trainer, deputy leader and team leader until the present time. Since 1991 he has also
been a member of the organisation of the Bundeswettbewerbes Mathematik, which was the organisation with
West German origin. Essentially he has overseen the unification of the two German competition organisations
into the cohesive national framework Germany has today.
Since 2005 Dieter has also been leading the North German
teams in the Baltic Way competition.