Kalman Charitable Trust prizes and fellowships

The Margaret and John Kalman Charitable Trust offer Teacher Excellence Prizes and Fellowships each year to mathematics teachers.

Margaret and John Kalman Trust Teacher Prizes and Teacher Fellowships 2021

The Margaret and John Kalman Trust are generously sponsoring four $5,000 prizes for secondary school teachers and four prizes of $2,500 for primary and intermediate teachers to acknowledge and support the amazing work being done by mathematics and statistics teachers in the Auckland region.

For more details and to nominate a teacher, please take a look at the application forms. The deadline for applications for both prizes will be 30 August 2021.

About John Kalman

Emeritus Professor and former Head of Department John Arnold Kalman (1930-2007) obtained his MA in Law and Mathematics from the Auckland University College and PhD from Harvard (under George Mackey).

He joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland in 1955 as a research fellow and was a Professor with the Department for 30 years, until his retirement at the end of 1993.

Professor Kalman was a role model for his sincerity and dedication in all his tasks, and a fine mathematician, with a deep sense of care and hospitality towards his colleagues. 

He was noted for his careful and precise expository style and for his caring attitude to students. His research was originally in lattice theory, but he later became a specialist in automated reasoning with a well-received book entitled Automated reasoning with OTTER (Rinton Press, 2001), crowning his accomplishments in this field.

During his headship of the Department, John Kalman was instrumental in establishing the New Zealand Journal of Mathematics (then called The Mathematical Chronicle), in developing the curricula, in improving the quality of the mathematics section of the library, and most of all in appointing staff of international level.

Last but not least, during all his career in Auckland, he had an important role in creating a nice atmosphere in the Department. Those of us who were privileged to have him as a teacher will remember him fondly as a thorough teacher with two further amazing traits not mentioned so far:

  • his writing was fast and clear (if you wanted to write down his work on the board then you would be writing at top speed the whole lecture);
  • his memory was amazing (in Stage III analysis, a class of maybe 70, he walked around the class after the first assignment had been marked asking us our names and then giving us our assignment but thereafter he did the same omitting the question about our names.

(David Gauld)

Our thanks to the Margaret and John Kalman Trust for their generous, continuing and increasing support for this and several other schemes to increase awareness of mathematics at all levels.