Istvan Reiman, Hungary
Istvan Reiman has graduated from Eötvös University in 1953 as a teacher
of mathematics and physics, and later earned a PhD writing in the area of
finite and combinatorial geometry. He taught at Technical University of
Budapest from 1970 until 1992, serving as head of the Descriptive
Geometry Department from 1986 until 1992. He has been training the
Hungarian IMO team since 1961. He was the deputy team leader of the
Hungarian team for more than 20 years.
His books International Mathematical Olympiad 1959-1994, and
International Mathematical Olympiad 1995-1998, have a long introduction,
which explains the significance of mathematics competitions in general,
and the IMO in particular. The books include a year-by-year short description
of the events at that year's IMO, the result of each of the countries and
the individual result of the Hungarian students. Next come all the problems
with solutions, often more than one. There is an appendix, which explains
many of the theorems and ideas used.
Professor Istvan Reiman receives his Award from WFNMC President Peter Taylor at a
function in Budapest on Monday 9 October 2000.
Prof. Reiman wrote five other excellent books, mostly on geometric
topics, among them one "Chapters from Elementary Geometry" which is very
highly regarded. He also authored more than 60 shorter research
papers and publications.
From left Peter Taylor, Istvan Reiman, János Surányi and Jozsef
Pelikan, leader of the Hungarian IMO team, after the Budapest function.
Istvan Reiman had tremendous influence on the Hungarian competition
scene and more generally extra-school activities (which are of course
connected with competitions as well). More than forty years ago he
introduced a "Youth Mathematical Circle" where every three weeks invited
speakers give talks on topics which are of interest to high-school
students. Another biweekly event is an afternoon of problem solving
where students tell their own solutions on the spot and are also given
take home exercises. Prof. Reiman is in the committee of about a
dozen competitions, among them the prestigious Kürschák competition.