Reid W. Barton

Reid W. Barton

Reid W. Barton is currently a graduate student at Harvard University in mathematics, and one of the all-time greatest performers in the International Science Olympiads.Fact|date=November 2007


Barton is the son of two environmental engineers. His abilities were evident from an early age, being tutored in game theory by a computer science graduate student in grade three, and obtaining the maximum score of 5 on the AP Calculus examination while 10 years old. Officially homeschooled since third grade, Barton took part time classes at Tufts University, in chemistry (5th grade), physics (6th grade), and subsequently Swedish, Finnish, French, and Chinese. Working part-time with MIT computer scientist Charles E. Leiserson since eighth grade, he honed his abilities on CilkChess, one of the top computer chess programs at the time.

Mathematical competitions

Barton was the first student to ever win four gold medals at the International Mathematical Olympiad [ [ Science Magazine article on Barton] ] , culminating in full-marks at the 2001 Olympiad held in Washington, D.C., shared only with Gabriel Carroll and Xiao Liang and Zhang Zhiqiang. [Cite web|url=|title= Individual results in IMO 2001|publisher=IMO Official Website|access date=]

Barton has earned a place among the five top ranked competitors (who are themselves not ranked against each other) in the William Lowell Putnam Competition four times (2001–2004)Fact|date=November 2007, a feat matched by six others (Don Coppersmith (1968–71), Arthur Rubin (1970–73), Bjorn M. Poonen (1985–88), Ravi D. Vakil (1988–91), Gabriel D. Carroll (2000–03), Daniel Kane (2003-06)), being on the MIT team for the duration, earning the school a second place finish 2001, and two first placements (2003, 2004).Fact|date=July 2008 He has won the Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student awarded jointly by the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America for his work on packing densities.Fact|date=July 2008

According to Richard Stanley, the first time Barton participated in Putnam Competition was in 2000 when he was still a high-school senior. Stanley himself graded the solutions and says that Barton solved every single problem correctly. Of course, these results remain unofficial — otherwise Barton would be a five time Putnam winner (if this were allowed—notably fellow high school senior Gabriel Carroll submitted an official top-five entry on the same exam in 2000 and used up one of his four chances to go head-to-head with Reid in college).Fact|date=July 2008 Reid Barton graduated recently from MIT and is now a graduate student at Harvard.Fact|date=July 2008

Other achievements

Barton has also performed well in programming. He has earned two gold medals at the International Olympiad in Informatics, earning a first place finish in 2001 , with 580 points out of 600, 55 ahead of his nearest competitor. [Cite web|url=|title=List of Medalists|publisher= IOI 2001 Official Website] He has been on the 2nd and 5th place MIT team at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, and reached the finals in the TopCoder Open (2004) and the TopCoder Collegiate Challenge (2004).Fact|date=July 2008

Barton has a degree of skill in music, playing the piano and the cello with proficiency.Fact|date=November 2007 He has taught for many summers at various academic olympiad training programs, such as the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program, teaching high schoolers the ropes. [ [ Index of /rwbarton/Public/mop ] ]



* [ Reid Barton, Packing densities of patterns, Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, 11(1) R80 2004]

External links

* [ Reid Barton's Harvard Math page]
* [ Reid Barton's MIT Public Directory]
* [ Science Magazine's Article: IMO's Golden Boy Makes Perfection Look Easy]
* [ Citation by the American Mathematical Society for Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate]

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