ON 23 July, ECNU's Prof. Xiong Bin was presented with the Paul Erdös Award by Alexander Soifer, President of the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions (WFNMC) Conference in Graz, Austria. Prof. Xiong's contributions to the development of Mathematics Olympiad in China span elementary education in China as well as global initiatives.
Maria Falk de Losada (left), Chair of the Awards Committee, Prof. Xiong Bin, and Alexander Soifer, President of WFNMC.
Prof. Xiong Bin and Chinese delegation members of the 8th International Mathematics Competition Committee.
Prof. Xiong is a professor of mathematics and Ph. D supervisor at East China Normal University. His main research areas are problem solving and talented education, with emphasis on methodology of mathematics, theory of mathematics problem solving, mathematics education, and the identification and nurturing of talented students. He has published more than 100 papers and published or edited more than 150 books, both within China and abroad. He is a council member of the Chinese Mathematical Society, an associate editor of Mathematics Teaching, and a member of the editorial boards of Bulletin of Mathematics and High-school Mathematics.
Additionally, Prof. Xiong has been in charge of the National High School Mathematics Competition in China in connection with the Chinese Mathematical Olympiad since 2008. Over sixty thousand students participate in the contest each year. He was invited to join The Chinese Mathematical Olympiad Committee in 2002, and served on the Problem Subcommittee from 2005 to 2015..
Prof. Bin and members of the Chinese National Team for the International Mathematical Olympiad.
Dating back to 1988, he had been a trainer for the Chinese National Team for the International Mathematical Olympiad, and served as leader in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 in which forty of the forty-eight team members received gold medals and claimed the team championship in 7 out of the 8 years.
Since 1988, he has worked vigorously to promote mathematics competitions throughout the Chinese Mainland, including the annual National Research Seminar on Proposing Competition Problems set up in 2010, the Problem Subcommittees of the Mathematical Olympiad for Western China and the Chinese Mathematics Olympiad for Girls.
In 2006 and 2007, he was in charge of the participation of junior high school and elementary school students of China in the International Mathematics Competition. Aside from competitions, Prof. Xiong serves as director of the Shanghai Key-Point Laboratory on the Theory and Practice of Mathematics and an instructor of the Shanghai Academy for the Preparation of Key-Point Teachers.
As mentioned above in Prof. Xiong's speech, the WFMNC aims to promote the level of interest and activities in mathematics among students at the elementary level, in a wide range of areas and institutions both on the Chinese Mainland and internationally. The WFMNC is affiliated with other supporting actors in the field of mathematics competitions such as the Affiliated Study Group (ASG) of the International Commission for Mathematical Instruction (ICMI).
Prof. Xiong Bin of China succeeded a former Chinese Erdös Award winner, Qiu Zonghu, who received the Erdös Award 20 years ago from Professor Paul Erdös in Pravets, Bulgaria. Since then, Prof. Xiong Bin's efforts in mathematics education and talented programs have focused on the development of mathematics competitions which have not only led to great results in Chinese education but also the second recipient of the Paul Erdös National Award in China.
Prof. Xiong Bin's acceptance speech:
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