Paul Zeitz

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Paul Zeitz (born July 5, 1958) is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of The Art and Craft of Problem Solving, and a co-author of Statistical Explorations with Excel.


In 1974 Paul Zeitz won the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) and was a member of the first American team to participate in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The following year he graduated from Stuyvesant High School.[1]

He earned a Westinghouse scholarship and graduated from Harvard University in 1981.

Since 1985, he has composed and edited problems for several national math contests, including the USAMO. He has helped train several American IMO teams, most notably the 1994 "Dream Team", the only team from any country to ever score a perfect 252 in the Olympiad.

Zeitz founded the Bay Area Math Meet in 1994 and co-founded the Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad in 1999. In 1999 he wrote The Art and Craft of Problem Solving ISBN 0-471-13571-2, a popular book on problem solving.

In 2003 Zeitz received from the MAA the prestigious Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for excellence in university teaching.


  1. ^ "Professor Teaches Passion for Math". March 5, 2002. Archived from the original on November 17, 2005. Retrieved October 31, 2007.