October 15, 2013 (Toronto, ON)
Calgary student, 19, solves decades old mathematics problem.
Hunter Spink, a 19-year-old mathematics student at Trinity College, Cambridge University, has solved a combinatorial conjecture that has baffled top mathematicians from around the world for decades.
Hunter solved the problem while working at Cambridge during the summer months. The solution is available in pre-publication form here.
Hunter is a graduate of Western Canada High School and is a Blyth Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar at Cambridge University.
He first showed his academic potential in Grade 6 when he solved a numbers problem. In Grade 8, he devised a method for computing base 2 logarithms by hand. In Grade 9, he placed second in the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad which pits the top high school students in Asia Pacific against each other. This won him a place at age 15 on the Canadian Math Olympic team, and at 16 he won the United States Mathematical Olympiad. Later that year, he won the gold medal at the International Math Olympiad.
At 17, Hunter won the Blyth Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship. The scholarship program provides admission and full support to up to four Canadians annually to do their undergraduate degree at Cambridge.
Cambridge University is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top universities. Founded in the 13th Century, its affiliates have won more Nobel Prizes than any other institution in the world.