Dr. Shailesh Shirali has a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of Texas. He has taught mathematics at Rishi Valley School (Krishnamurti Foundation India) for more than two decades. He served as Principal of the school, 1992-2004, and received the National Award for Teachers 2003 from the President of India.
He has a deep interest in the nurture of mathematically talented students, and since 1987, he has been closely involved with the Mathematical Olympiad movement in India He has taken part in the training programmes for the Indian IMO teams each year from 1989 till the present. In July 1996, when India hosted that year's IMO in Mumbai, he served as Chairman of the Problem Committee, and as Deputy Chairman of the Jury. He has served as Team Leader of the Indian IMO team on several occasions.
He is actively involved
in writing and publication activity. He serves on the Council of Editors
for Resonance, an expository journal for science and mathematics
education, published by the Indian Academy of Sciences, and is the
Founding Editor of Samasya, a problem-solving journal for school and
college students, published by the Leelavati Trust. He has written many
articles for Resonance and Samasya.
He has also written many books: A Primer on Number Sequences, First Steps in Number Theory: A Primer on Divisibility, A Primer on Logarithms, Adventures in Problem Solving, A Sourcebook of Mathematics for CBSE XIIth Standard, ISC Mathematics-1 1 and ISC Mathematics-1 2. Adventures in Iteration is his latest book.