Wen-Hsien Sun, Taiwan
Executive Director, Chiu Chang Mathematics Foundation, Taipei
Wen-Hsien Sun (centre) receives his Erdös Award from WFNMC President Peter
Taylor (left) and WFNMC Awards Committee Chairman Ron Dunkley (right). The
presentation took place on Saturday 10 August 2002, at the Ibis Hotel, Melbourne, as part
of WFNMC's 4th conference.
Wen-Hsien Sun completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics
education, but did not become a teacher because of unhappiness with
an examination-driven culture. Instead, he became a businessman
supplying stationery to the schools. In 1978, he created Chiu Chang
Mathematics Publishing Company, aimed at making good enrichment
materials available to schools. On many occasions, he subsidised
publications personally in order to increase their availability.
In 1988, he was instrumental in introducing the IMO to Taiwan and
since that time has played a significant role in the Taiwan IMO
experience, organising, training and leading their team, often at his
In other areas, he has created a bookstore in Beijing, through which
Chinese mathematicians have had access to Western publications, has
introduced the Tournament of the Towns to Taiwan, and has encouraged
the enrolment of Taiwan schools in the Australian Mathematics
He has been a major reason for the enrolment of Taiwan students in
elementary and intermediate competitions and has ensured that
enrichment materials are available for study. As an offshoot of this
activity, selected students are able to attend the Chiu
Chang-University of Alberta Summer Camp, learning Mathematics,
English and Canadian Culture.
In 2000, he founded the Chiu Chang Mathematics Foundation, which
sponsors the exchange program, and which, in addition, supports local
activities and puzzle competitions.