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News of Member Jeff Dinitz

From BICA (11) 1994

PERSONALITY OF THE MONTH Jeff Dinitz Professor, University of Vermont
The Bulletin has to start this vignette with an apology to Jeff. By a fluke, Jeffs name was left off the list of members of the Council of the ICA. This omission has now been corrected - see page 1 of this issue of the Bulletin.  Jeff is a member of Council for a three-year term from 1993 to 1996.

In 1992, Jeff Dinitz and Doug Stinson, published Contemporary Design Theory, A Collection of Surveys (John Wiley and Sons, Inc.). This book was reviewed in Volume 9 of the Bulletin (page 9), and continues to receive a lot of well deserved acclaim; Jeff and Doug seem to have filled a real need
with this timely and outstanding work.

Last year, graph theorists received electrifying news from Jeff on the famous problem of the number of one factorizations of K_12 . Here is an extract from the email message of Monday, September 20, 1993 at 16:04:28.

Theorem. There are 526,915,620 non-isomorphic one-factorizatio…

Dr Ronald Graham awarded the 1993 Euler Medal of the ICA

EULER MEDALS FOR 1993
In announcing the Euler Medallists for 1993, a reminder about the qualifications for the Medals is in order. Up to two Euler Medals per year may be awarded. A recipient must be a Fellow of the ICA and must have made a particularly distinguished lifetime career contribution to research in Combinatorics; the Euler Medal is not meant to recognize one specific achievement. Furthermore, a recipient should still be active in research.

By majority vote of the ICA Council, 1993 Euler Medals have been awarded to Claude Berge, one of the world's most distinguished graph theorists, and Ronald Graham, a research combinatoricist of enormous breadth, depth, and influence. Members of the ICA may be interested in the extremely brief summaries of their research careers that follow.

Ronald L. Graham. Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley), NSF Fellow and Woodrow Wilson Fellow.

1962- Adjunct Director, Research, Information Sciences Division AT&T Bell Labs
1986- Universi…

Dr Claude Berge awarded the 1993 Euler Medal of the ICA

EULER MEDALS FOR 1993
In announcing the Euler Medallists for 1993, a reminder about the qualifications for the Medals is in order. Up to two Euler Medals per year may be awarded. A recipient must be a Fellow of the ICA and must have made a particularly distinguished lifetime career contribution to research in Combinatorics; the Euler Medal is not meant to recognize one specific achievement. Furthermore, a recipient should still be active in research.

By majority vote of the ICA Council, 1993 Euler Medals have been awarded to Claude Berge, one of the world's most distinguished graph theorists, and Ronald Graham, a research combinatoricist of enormous breadth, depth, and influence. Members of the ICA may be interested in the extremely brief summaries of their research careers that follow.

Claude Berge. Born 5.06.1926 at Paris, PhD, University of Paris, 1952.

1952 Research Associate, National Centre for Scientific Research (C.N.R.S., Paris).
1956-57 Visiting professor, University of …

In memoriam STEFAN ZNAM

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From BICA (10) 1994

STEFAN ZNAM 1936-1993 Alex Rosa, J. Siran
Štefan Znám, Professor of Mathematics at Comenius University in Bratislava and a leading Slovak graph theorist and number theorist, passed away suddenly July 17, 1993.

After obtaining his first degree in mathematics in 1959, Štefan Znám started his scientific career working in number theory. His results on covering systems of congruences have become a classic. Later in the sixties, partly through working on Zarankiewicz's problem, he became more and more interested in graph theory which was at the time becoming a rapidly expanding discipline. His main interest was in extremal problems, but very soon he was contributing substantial papers in other areas, such as graph decompositions. He was an author or co-author of well over 50 original papers· on these and various other subjects. Several of these papers, including one which settles completely the spectrum problem for maximal partial Steiner triple systems, are yet to a…

1993 AGM Minutes

From BICA (9) 1993

1993 Annual General Meeting of The Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications
The 1993 Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications took place at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7, in the Westminster Theatre of Keele University, during the Fourteenth British Combinatorial Conference. Since the Conference organizers had graciously scheduled the meeting into the Conference agenda, there was a large attendance of members of the ICA, as well as additional visitors.

Professor Ronald Read, from the Council of the Institute, took the chair.

Financial Report for the Year 1992.
This report was presented by Professor R.G. Stanton. The Financial Report was accepted (motion by Nash-Williams, seconded by Grannell). A copy of the report is appended to this account of the AGM.

Report on Activities of Executive and Council.
Professor Read spoke from the Chair, and pointed out that most of the activities of the Executive and Council were foreshadowed…

In memoriam Bruce A Anderson

From BICA (8) 1993
Bruce A. Anderson May 11, 1939—May 5, 1992 P.A. Leonard Department of Mathematics, Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona 85287-1804, USA Bruce A. Anderson, a Foundation Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, passed away on May 5, 1992, after an illness of two months. His death brought the loss of a valued contributor to combinatorial mathematics. This note is a brief summary of his life and work.

Bruce was born May 11, 1939, in Bismarck, North Dakota. He completed his B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Iowa. His supervisor was Steve Armentrout, a topologist in the tradition of R.L. Moore. In 1966 Bruce joined the Department of Mathematics at Arizona State University where he spent his entire career. When he arrived, the department had an active group of general topol-ogists, and Bruce continued his research and directed his only Ph.D. student in that area. Throughout his career he was an exponent of the R.L. Moore legacy. His…

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

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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

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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

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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…

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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…