Professor János Surányi was born in Budapest in 1918. He received his
undergraduate degree in 1941 and his PhD in 1943. He began teaching at
University of Szeged as an assistant in 1950 without pay. Since 1950 he
has worked at Eötvös University Budapest, and since 1960 has held the rank
of full professor. During the last four decades, he has been engaged in
mathematics education and didactics, besides doing research in mathematics
proper. One of his greatest merits is that after the Second World War
he restarted Kozepiskolai Matematikai Lapok (KoMaL). This world
famous journal which is more than 100 years old ceased to exist due to
war circumstances and lay sleeping until Professor Surányi restarted it.
The journal has been a very important factor in the popularization of
mathematics, in particular of solving mathematical problems by high
school students. János Surányi has served as editor-in-chief since 1970.
Professor Surányi receiving his award from Professor
Ron Dunkley, President of WFNMC, in Tokyo on Friday 4 August, 2000.
János Surányi is very active on the extensive Hungarian competition
scene, among others he has been chairman of the Kürschák competition
committee for almost thirty years. He also has the great merit of
publishing no fewer than 10 books, several of which are the problems
of these competitions not only with solutions but also with valuable
comments, first with co-authors and after the death of the co-authors,
alone. These books have been translated into several languages, e.g.
Russian and Japanese.
Professor Surányi receives his Award for the second time
from WFNMC President Peter Taylor at the
function in Budapest on Monday 9 October 2000 held to
also present an Erdös Award to his countryman Istvan Reiman.
The MAA published two books in English on the earliest years (1894 to
1928) in 1963. Andy Liu is currently preparing books for the later years
for publication by the MAA.
From left Peter Taylor, Istvan Reiman, János Surányi and Jozsef
Pelikan, leader of the Hungarian IMO team, after the Budapest function.
Professor Surányi was also active in ICMI serving on the Executive
committee of that organization. His organization of special classes is
noted and some of his students from those classes are now well-known
mathematicians, L. Lovasz and L Babai.