Roberto Treviño González †

Roberto Treviño Gonzalez was born on January 14, 1918 in Monterrey, Mexico. He studied his primary education at the Justo Sierra and Pedro Noriega Elementary School. Then he entered in the Colegio Civil of the State to complete his high school studies. Later on he moved to Mexico City, where he continued his studies at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria. Then he returned to Monterrey, and was admitted in the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and later his strong interest in teaching mathematics led him with a group of students to engage in the formal establishment of specialized courses in this discipline.

Treviño Gonzalez performed several activities at the beginning of his professional life: he was appraiser of the Oficina de Catastro del Gobierno del Estado, he served as Director of Public Works of the City of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; then, he took various positions in the private sector, first in Cervecería Cuauhtémoc (a brewing company) and then in Fundidora Monterrey (a steel company). Later he became a math professor at the School of Civil Engineering, School of Chemistry and School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL).

In 1953, the President of the UANL, Raul Rangel Frias, supported the initiative of Gonzalez Treviño to create the School of Mathematics as part of the School of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters. Treviño Gonzalez was the first coordinator of the newly founded school. Two years later, in 1955, Treviño became president of the UANL. He held this position until 1958. Three years later, in 1961, he served as Head of the Department of Mathematics at the Escuela Normal del Estado, and he worked as a founder teacher of the School of Mathematics and Physics from its establishment.

After Treviño Gonzalez finished his role as president of UANL, he got the Instituto Modelo de Enseñanza, which he later transformed into the Universidad Regiomontana (UR) in 1969. This way, he was President of the UR from its foundation until 1974. In addition, in 1968 he was one of the founders of the Asociacion Nacional de Profesores de Matematicas de la Republica Mexicana (National Association of Mathematics Teachers in Mexico).

In addition to his wide history as teacher, he helped execute works dedicated to teaching. Thus he translated into Spanish the the book "Algebra, a modern approach" and he wrote the book "Apuntes de Geometría Analítica" which was used for several years as textbook in high schools of the UANL and UR.

Besides to all these activities, Treviño Gonzalez was chess champion in the state of Nuevo Leon since 1937 and for a period of 20 years. In 1968 he participated as member of the Mexican team of chess against the Cuban without losing a single game.

The Roberto Treviño Gonzalez died on May 14, 2001. In its 83 years of life he left a clear and fruitful career in the field of education, especially in mathematics. For his contributions as teacher and researcher in this discipline, he certainly deserves the recognition of society, the state and the country.