Ever since I started working with the ATM a few years ago, the name of Dick Tahta has cropped up many times. Usually with no small degree of respect and - dare I say - reverence. Obviously a much respected early member of ATM and a prolific writer of material relating to mathematics education.
I was informed of his death this morning. Since then I have been Googling to seek out more information about the person behind the maths and was intrigued to discover that he was an Armenian, brought up in Manchester. You can read more on the new page I am putting together. Glancing through various snippets about him and writen by him - I got a brief picture of a person who while deeply mathematical, was eclectic in his application of his thinking about maths.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dick Tahta in early December. An inspirational teacher and former editor of "Mathematics Teaching" (the journal of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics) he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Please click here to read his obituary published in the Guardian on January 5th.
You may also be interested to read Dick's last (new) published writing in the latest edition of Mathematics Teaching (MT200, Jan 2007). This is a response to "Being Alongside", an article written by Laurinda Brown and Alf Coles in the same edition.