Ed Jacobsen receives Luis Santaló medal


IACME awards the Luis Santaló Medal to Ed Jacobsen

The Comité Interamericano de Educación Matemática CIAEM (Interamerican Committee on Math Education IACME), affiliate organization of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction, is pleased to announce that the first awardee of the Luis Santaló Medal will be Ed Jacobsen of the United States. The medal will be presented to Dr. Jacobsen in the opening ceremonies of the XIIIth Interamerican Conference on Mathematics Education, which will be held from June 26-30, 2011, in Recife, Brazil.

On this first occasion the Luis Santaló Medal is awarded to Edward Carl Jacobsen for his generous solidarity, valued support activities and friendship with IACME during many decades, particularly when he was working in the central office of UNESCO in Paris, France.


Edward Carl Jacobsen

Before retiring to the forests of Wisconsin, USA, Ed was responsible for Mathematics Education at UNESCO from 1976 to 1992. He directed the publication of eight volumes of Studies in Mathematics Education, which considered Mathematics Education from an international perspective. He participated on many International Program Committees for International Conferences on Mathematics Education and reoriented the cooperation of UNESCO to regional commissions of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction such as IACME. Ed received a Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He was a professor at Robert College in Turkey (today Bogaziçi Üniversitesi). He began his work for UNESCO in 1969 and worked in the faculties of education at Nairobi University and University of Botsuana, Lesoto and Suazilandia before moving in 1996 to the main offices of UNESCO in Paris. Ed was vice-president of IACME from 1995 to 1999.

Some publications: Adapting mathematics education for the next century 

What goals for mathematics teaching in African schools?

Preliminary evaluation of modern mathematics: Iraq - (mission) 18-24 September 1976

Microcomputers: opportunities and challenges to reshape the content and method of teaching maths and science

The cooperation between ICMI and UNESCO
ICMI Bulletin No. 34 – June 1993


Luis Santaló Medal

The name of Luis Santaló (1911-2001) was chosen because of his extraordinary career as a mathematician and educator. Among his many accomplishments is that he was a pioneer in integral geometry, a complex area of mathematics that combines more classical geometry with modern differential calculus. In 1993 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Scientific Research and in 1996 the Order of Alfonso the Wise. The Generalitat of Catalonia presented him with the Narcís Monturiol Medal for Science in 1984 and the St. George’s Cross (Creu de Sant Jordi) in 1994. He was a teacher for many generations and a point of reference for many Latin American Math Educators. He was on the Board of IACME in 1966 (when IACME II was held in Lima) and IACME’s President from 1972 to 1979.More information can be found on a special web page created by IACME:


The medal will be presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to the development of IACME across their lifetimes.


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