Reid W. Barton
||This article contains content that is written like an advertisement. (January 2015)|
|Reid W. Barton|
May 6, 1983 |
|Academic advisors||Charles E. Leiserson|
|Notable awards||Morgan Prize (2004)
4× IMO Gold Medallist
2× IOI Gold Medallist
4× Putnam Fellow
Barton is the son of two environmental engineers. Officially homeschooled since third grade, Barton took part-time classes at Tufts University, in chemistry (5th grade), physics (6th grade), and subsequently Swedish, Finnish, French, and Chinese. Since eighth grade he worked part-time with MIT computer scientist Charles E. Leiserson on CilkChess, a computer chess program. Subsequently, he worked at Akamai Technologies with computer scientist Ramesh Sitaraman to build one of the earliest video performance measurement systems  that have since become a standard in industry. After Akamai, Barton went to grad school at Harvard to pursue a Ph.D in Math.
Mathematical and programming competitions
Barton was the first student to win four gold medals at the International Mathematical Olympiad, culminating in full marks at the 2001 Olympiad held in Washington, D.C., shared with Gabriel Carroll, Xiao Liang and Zhang Zhiqiang.
Barton has been placed among the five top ranked competitors (who are themselves not ranked against each other) in the William Lowell Putnam Competition four times (2001–2004), a performance matched by seven others (Don Coppersmith (1968–71), Arthur Rubin (1970–73), Bjorn Poonen (1985–88), Ravi D. Vakil (1988–91), Gabriel D. Carroll (2000–03), Daniel Kane (2003–06), Brian R. Lawrence (2007–08, 2010–11)). Barton was a member of the MIT team which finished second in 2001 and first in 2003 and 2004.
Barton has won two gold medals at the International Olympiad in Informatics. In 2001 he finished first with 580 points out of 600, 55 ahead of his nearest competitor, the largest margin in IOI history at the time. Barton was a member of the 2nd and 5th place MIT team at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, and reached the finals in the TopCoder Open (2004), semi-finals (2003, 2006), the TopCoder Collegiate Challenge (2004), semi-finals (2006), TCCC Regional finals (2002), and TopCoder Invitational semi-finalist (2002).
- ——— (2004). "Packing densities of patterns" (PDF). Electronic Journal of Combinatorics 11 (1): R80..
- ———; Burns, Keith (2000). "A simple special case of Sharkovskii's theorem". American Mathematical Monthly 107 (10): 932–933. doi:10.2307/2695586. JSTOR 2695586..
- Mackenzie, Dana (2001). "IMO's Golden Boy Makes Perfection Look Easy". Science 293 (5530): 597. doi:10.1126/science.293.5530.597. PMID 11474084..
- Olson, Steve (2004). Count Down. Houghton Mifflin. p. 117. ISBN 0-618-25141-3.
- Ramesh Sitaraman and Reid W. Barton. "Method and apparatus for measuring stream availability, quality and performance, US Patent, Feb 2002".
- "Individual results in IMO 2001". IMO Official Website.
- William Lowell Putnam Competition, Mathematical Association of America list of Putnam winners
- "List of Medalists". IOI 2001 Official Website.
- USACO, IOI 2001 news, 
- Coder achievements at TopCoder
- 2004 Morgan Prize
- Index of /rwbarton/Public/mop