Year of Award: 1980
Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 52, (1979), pp. 131-145
Summary: Elementary unsolved problems in plane geometry with immediate intuitive appeal and requiring little background to understand.
About the Author: (from Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 52 (1979)) Victor Klee is a Professor of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is also a former President of the Mathematical Association of America and in 1977 received the MAA's Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics. The article is closely related to the first of his MAA films on "Shapes of the Future". He was led to produce the films and the article, and in 1969 to start the Research Problems section of the American Mathematical Monthly, by his fascination with the frontiers of "elementary" mathematics and his belief that familiarity with those frontiers is an important part of mathematical culture. Victor Klee passed away on August 18, 2007. To read the obituary from the maa website: