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1992 News of Member Frank Harary

From BICA (7) 1993

Harary Honoured by Exeter Honorary Degree Oration, delivered by the Public Orator, Professor Christopher Holdsworth, at the University of Exeter on the afternoon of 17 July, 1992. Citation of: Frank Harary for the Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa
Frank Harary, Vice-Chancellor, is here today not because he is a distinguished person with close links to the West Country-he has often visited the University and given seminars here-but because of his stature as a mathematician. He is recognised as the world authority in Graph Theory, a branch of Pure Mathematics, a mystery which I shall try to elucidate in a moment. When I do I shall largely depend upon words which he was good enough to send to me, because I was unable to follow usual practice and visit him: since I did not ~ink that you would have responded cheerily if I had put m an expenses shp to travel out to the State University of New Mexico where he is at present Distinguished  rofessor of Computer Scien…

In Memoriam Richard Bruck

From BICA (6) 1992

Memorial Resolution of the Faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty Document 944 * On the Death of Emeritus Professor Richard H. Bruck Richard Hubert Bruck, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, died in Madison, Wisconsin, on December 18, 1991, just eight days short of his seventy-eighth birthday. He is survived by his wife Helen.

Dick was born on December 26, 1914, in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. He earned a B.A. in 1937, M.A. in 1938, and Ph.D. in 1940, all at the University of Toronto. His Ph.D. dissertation was supervised by the famed algebraist Richard Brauer. After teaching two years at the University of Alabama, Bruck moved in 1942 to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he spent the rest
of his-career. From 1967 until his retirement in 1985, he held a Distinguished Research Professorship.

Dick was a versatile scholar and a person of great intellectual depth. He was a giant in the field of projective geometry, as well as the leading world authorit…

1992 AGM Minutes

From BICA (6) 1992

1992 Annual General Meeting of The Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications The 1992 Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications took place at 4:40 p.m . on Thursday, June 4, in the Kirsch Auditorium of Western Michigan University, shortly before the evening banquet of the Seventh International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Algorithms. Since the Conference organizers had graciously scheduled time for the meeting into the Conference agenda, there was a large attendance of members of the ICA, as well as a few additional visitors from the Conference.

Professor Walter Wallis, as a member of the Council of the Institute, took the chair.

Financial Report for the Year 1991.
This report was presented by Professor Bert Hartnell. Glen Whitehead asked for clarification as to whether or not there was a loss for the year. At the request of the Chair, the Registrar explained that the ICA Inc. showed a loss of $4637.27. However…

1991 AGM Minutes

From BIC (4) 1992:

Report from the Registrar A Retrospective Glance at Membership. When we started enrolling members in The Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications in late May of 1990, we aimed at reaching 100 members by the end of 1990. We reached that target with plenty to spare! The enthusiasm that greeted the Institute has been enormous; we surpassed our original goal, and the Institute is still growing. Thanks for this achievement go to all those members who contributed lists of nominees; this is especially useful in the case of nominees for Associate Fellowship and Graduate Membership, where the nominees are in the early stages of their careers in Combinatorics.

Geographic Distribution of Membership. The following tables give the distribution of our membership as of January 10, 1992. We are making a slight change to the form of this listing. In response to various requests, we list all countries represented, even when there is only a single member. This may help us underli…

Honorary Fellow Marshall Hall

The letter of invitation to Marshall did not reach him before his death, so he was unaware of the nomination. 

His memorial appeared in BICA (1) 1991

The Marshall Hall 80th Birthday Conference

This conference was held at the University of Vermont from September 13-19. Originally intended as a birthday tribute to one of the greatest of contemporary combinatorialists, the conference became a memorial conference after Marshall died in England on July 4.

Marshall Hall Jr. was born on September 17, 1910 in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his B.A. in 1932 at Yale University and won a Henry Fellowship which enabled him to spend a year at Trinity College, Cambridge working with P. Hall, H. Davenport and G. H. Hardy. This was the beginning of his lifelong association with Cambridge and Oxford, two universities he often spoke of with affection and which he would happily visit many times. In 1936 he completed his Ph.D. at Yale, writing on Linear Recurring Sequences under the supervision of Oys…

Honorary Fellow S. S. Srikhande

S. S. Srikhande. His friends call him "Shrik", but he is also often referred to as SSS. The development of to-day's very strong group of Indian researchers in Combinatorics is due largely to the pioneering research of R.C. Bose and S.S. Shrikhande. One of the few times that Combinatorics made the pages of the New York Times was when Bose, Parker, and Shrikhande disproved the famous Euler conjecture that there were no pairs of orthogonal Latin squares of side 4n+2. Shrik is such an innovative research worker in Design Theory that it is difficult to single out particular achievements, but many colleagues would cite his work on the extension of quasi-residual designs for values of lambda greater than 2.

From his citation as one of the first Honorary Fellows, BICA (1), 1991.

From his well-cited wikipedia page:
Sharadchandra Shankar Shrikhande (born 19 October 1917) is an Indian mathematician with distinguished and well-recognized achievements in combinatorial mathematics. He…

Honorary Fellow Bernhard Hermann Neumann

Bernhard Hermann Neumann. One of the great researchers of our time in the theory of groups, Professor Neumann has trained a score of other group theorists and, as dean of Australian mathematicians, has provided strong stimulus to the development of all areas of mathematics in Australia. A mathematician of very broad knowledge and interests, he has always been extremely friendly to combinatorics, serves as the Honorary Editor of the Australasian Journal of Combinatorics, and has actively promoted and contributed to the Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia. His work in groups has led to increased recognition of the importance of the underlying group of a combinatorial structure.
From his citation as one of the first Honorary Fellows, BICA (1), 1991.

From his well-cited wikipedia page:
Bernhard Hermann Neumann AC FRS (15 October 1909 – 21 October 2002) was a German-born British-Australian mathematician who was a leader in the study of group theory.

After gaining a D.Phil. from …

Honorary Fellow Derrick Henry Lehmer

Derrick Henry Lehmer. The wide scope of Professor Lehmer's research in Combinatorics, Number Theory, Computational Techniques, and the interconnections that exist among these areas can best be grasped by looking at the three volumes of his "Selected Papers" that appeared in 1981. Much of modern combinatorics is heavily dependent on on the computer, and Professor Lehmer, fallowing in a family tradition, has been a godfather to the development of computer algorithms, generating computational results, and getting other researchers to recognize the importance of computation.

From his citation as one of the first Honorary Fellows, BICA (1), 1991.

From his well-cited wikipedia page:
Derrick Henry "Dick" Lehmer (February 23, 1905 – May 22, 1991) was an American mathematician who refined Édouard Lucas' work in the 1930s and devised the Lucas–Lehmer test for Mersenne primes. Lehmer's peripatetic career as a number theorist, with him and his wife taking numerous …

Honorary Fellow Haim Hanani

Haim Hanani. No one has contributed more to the development of our knowledge of designs than Professor Hanani. His paper showing that the necessary conditions for the existence of Steiner Quadruple Systems are also sufficient was a landmark in design theory that settled a question that had been open for over a century, and his papers on the existence of designs with block sizes 4 and 5 are probably the most frequently cited papers in the subject His constructions of designs have combined, in a unique fashion, his talents for systematic , thorough, and careful organization with his talents for ingenious and innovative developments.

From his citation as one of the first Honorary Fellows, BICA (1), 1991.

From his well-cited wikipedia page:
Haim Hanani (September 11, 1912 as Chaim Chojnacki–April, 1991) was a Polish-born Israeli mathematician, known for his contributions to combinatorial design theory, in particular for the theory of pairwise balanced designs and for the proof of an exist…

Honorary Fellow Paul Erdos

Paul Erdos. Every combinatorialist who has been at a recent conference has heard Paul speak on Recent Developments in Combinatorics and Graph Theory. Because of the vast volume and vast scope of his work, he is probably the best known mathematician of our time; he is the one worker in combinatorics (and many other areas) who is known to every mathematician; to many people, he is the very epitome of combinatorics. Eve.n more impressive than Paul's tremendous achievements in research is his knowledge of the work of others, his generosity in sharing ideas with younger colleagues, and his encouragement of scores of beginning researchers.

From his citation as one of the first Honorary Fellows, BICA (1), 1991.

From his well-cited wikipedia page:

Paul Erdős (26 March 1913 – 20 September 1996) was a renowned Hungarian mathematician. He was one of the most prolific mathematicians and producers of mathematical conjectures of the 20th century. He was known both for his social practice of mat…

Honorary Fellow Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter

Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter. Professor Coxeter's work on
geometry, especially in the field of projective and non-Euclidean geometry, has
established him as the foremost geometer of our time. He gave the impetus to
the development of combinatorics in Canada by his appreciation of the
importance of design theory and graph theory, and his lectures on finite
configurations at Toronto trained a group of Canadian combinatorialists. By
his own work, and by bringing Professor W.T. Tutte to Canada, he started up
the group of Canadian graph theorists. His fundamental book on finite groups,
with W.O.J. Moser, is still a tremendous stimulus to research.
From his citation as one of the first Honorary Fellows, BICA (1), 1991.

His wikipedia page has excellent detail and citations:
Harold Scott MacDonald "Donald" Coxeter, CC, FRS, FRSC (February 9, 1907 – March 31, 2003) was a British-born Canadian geometer. Coxeter is regarded as one of the greatest geometers of the 20th century. He…

BICA website updated!

The web team reports that they've updated the website again!  Congrats to them, it looks great!

BICA Publication Ethics statement

Here's something the BICA editors have been working on: a necessary statement in order to keep BICA in line with other similar publications.
Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
For all parties involved in the act of publishing (the author, the journal editor(s), the peer reviewer and the publisher) it is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior. The ethics statements for our journal are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Duties of the Editors-in-ChiefFair play. Submitted manuscripts are evaluated for their intellectual content without regard to age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. Confidentiality. The Editors-in-Chief and any editorial staff must not disclose any in…

The 33rd Midwest Conference on Combinatorics and Cominatorial Computing (MCCCC)

The 33rd Midwest Conference on Combinatorics and Cominatorial Computing (MCCCC) will be held on the campus of  the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, October 12(Saturday)-14(Monday), 2019
The confirmed plenary Speakers are: Karen Collins, Wesleyan University;
Stephen Hartke, University of Colorado, Denver;
Mark Skandera, LLehigh University; and Michael Young, Iowa State University.

Dr. Robin Wilson awarded the 2017 Stanton Medal of the ICA