I was born in Tianjin, P. R. China. You can solve for my birthday,
as well as my wife's, by conquering the following cute puzzle. The puzzle was
a birthday gift I designed for my wife some years ago.
The solution is believed to be unique.
|Upon graduation from Nankai High School, I went on to obtain two degrees, BMath and MMath which was supervised by John Brzozowski (RIP) from the University of Waterloo (I was a winner of the University of Waterloo Alumni Gold Medal - photo); and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Eugene Fiume.|
My father, Runchu Zhang, was a full professor at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Nankai University, Tianjin, and at the School of Mathematics and Statistics, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China. My mother, Yunru Xiao, was a professor from the School of Economics at Nankai, specializing in Insurance and Risk Management. My sister, Xi Zhang, obtained her Ph.D. in Statistics from Columbia University and is now financial analyst in the US.
Recreational interestsI enjoy all kinds of sports involving the use of a racket (or bat, but not the one in baseball). In particular, I like to play badminton. If time allows, I would play regularly at drop-in badminton in the SFU East Gym. I feel somewhat obliged to play table tennis and have always enjoyed playing against my students. Three years ago, my main hobby was volleyball, having been pulled in by my wife, and we played regularly on a semi-competitive basis. Now our team was disassembled and I have not played much in three years. I start to do drop-ins at the SFU gym as well.
If I did not have to purchase all the life's necessities, I'd spend all my money to travel. My dream job is not professor at a university but a photographer for the National Geographic Magazine. OK, here my wife might object to that since she does not think I know how to take good photographs. Technically, she is better than me right now but I am much better at "capturing the moment"! High on my list in terms of travel destinations include Cuba, Brazil, and the Serengeti National Park, as I have always had a great fascination about animals.
Go (围棋) used to be my favorite game, though I was not very good at it (I was a 2d according to the current IGS rating, if you know what that means). My proudest moment came on September 28, 2008, when I won a game against Ms. Li, a professional Go player who is also the coach of the National Go Team of Canada. I won the game with a 4-stone handicap. In retrospect, I felt that Ms. Li gave me a pretty easy time.
I can play bridge and once owned a few of the really elusive Master Points, but my schedule no longer permits me to do much playing at all. I am also supposed to be a gambler (from horoscope, palm reading, etc.). I would love to play poker and be on the WPT but so far I have been pretty easy to read.
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: my name "Hao" in Hindi
: my name "Hao" in Arabic
: my name "Hao" in Bengali.