February 20, 1910
Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary
|Died||August 28, 2005
|Known for||Founded weekly mathematics enrichment meetings for high-school students|
Early life and education
Esther Klein was born to Ignaz Klein in a Jewish family in Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary in 1910. As a young woman in Budpaest, Klein was a member of a group of Hungarians including Paul Erdős, George Szekeres, and Paul Turán that convened over interesting mathematical problems.
Following the outbreak of World War II, Esther and George Szekeres emigrated to Australia after spending several years in Hongkew, a community of refugees located in Shanghai, China. In Australia, they originally settled in Adelaide, before moving to Sydney in the 1960s.
In Sydney, Esther lectured at Macquarie University, and was actively involved in mathematics enrichment for high-school students. In 1984, she jointly founded a weekly mathematics enrichment meeting that has since expanded into a program of about 30 groups that continue to meet weekly and inspire high school students throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Szekeres had two children.
- "Szekeres biography". MacTutor History of Mathematics, University of St Andrews. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- The Hongkew community
- "Szekeres Obituary". Australian Mathematics Trust. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "A world of teaching and numbers - times two - Obituaries". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "Esther Klein Szekeres « Camilo’s Women & Math Blog". Camilo's Women & Math Blog.