Updated: Memorial scheduled for Wolfville's Dr. Zoltan Dienes

Wendy Elliott
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Dr. Zoltan Dienes, 96, of Wolfville, a celebrated academic in the field of mathematics education, died Jan. 11.

A memorial service is scheduled for Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Wolfville Baptist Church.

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Three years ago he was honoured with an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the University of Pécs in Hungary.

Dienes was a tireless practitioner of the "new mathematics," an approach to mathematical learning that uses games, songs and dance to make it more appealing to children.

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The holder of four previous honorary degrees, Dienes  had a long and fruitful career, breaking new ground and gaining many followers with his revolutionary ideas of learning often complex mathematical concepts in such fun ways children are often unaware they are learning anything.

Former MLA Ramona Jennex worked with Dienes in the classroom and recognized his passion and dedication. She said her own son, Connor, was influenced by Dienes as a child and became a math teacher.

A native of Hungary, Dienes worked all over the world, emigrating to Canada in 1966. In addition to an earned doctorate in mathematics from the University of London, he received honorary doctorates from Mount Allison University, the University of Caen, the University of Sienna and the Exeter University in 1995.

Dienes worked at the Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, where he was the director of an international psychomathematics research centre.

He retired to Wolfville in 1988, spending a number of years as a research associate at Acadia University’s School of Education, often visiting grade school classrooms.

Organizations: University of Pécs, University of London, Mount Allison University University of Caen University of Sienna Exeter University Université de Sherbrooke Acadia University School of Education

Geographic location: Wolfville, Hungary, Canada Québec

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