Alexander Soifer, United States of America
Alexander Soifer receives his Award from WFNMC President Petar Kenderov at Robinson College,
Cambridge, on 22 July 2006.
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Alexander is a Professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is Chair and
founder of Colorado Mathematical Olympiad, which is on its twentythird year and
was a member of USA Mathematics Olympiad Subcommittee (19962005) and USSR National Mathematical Olympiad
(19701973).
His publications include some 100 articles and four books: Mathematics as Problem Solving
(1987); How Does One Cut a Triangle? (1990); Geometric Etudes in Combinatorial Mathematics
(1991, with V. G. Boltyanski); and Colorado Mathematical Olympiad: The First Ten Years and
Further Explorations (1994). These books are all relevant to the
development of students as problem solvers. He is also Editor and Founder of the research quarterly
Geombinatorics (1991present).
Alexander has presented a number of highly researched lectures at World Federation of National
Mathematics Competitions (WFNMC) meetings. These topics have included
the status of the four colour theorem, contemporary aspects of geometrical combinatorics such as
the chromatic numbers in 2 and 3 dimensions, and historical studies such as the life of algebraist
B. L. van der Waerden under the Nazi years and during the W.W.II’s aftermath.
In addition Alexander has given long service on the Executive of WFNMC as Secretary (1996 to present).
