The London Mathematical Society (LMS) is one of the United Kingdom's learned societies for mathematics (the others being the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)).

History

De Morgan House

The Society was established on 16 January 1865, the first president being Augustus De Morgan. The earliest meetings were held in University College, but the Society soon moved into Burlington House, Piccadilly. The initial activities of the Society included talks and publication of a journal.

The LMS was used as a model for the establishment of the American Mathematical Society in 1888.

The Society was granted a royal charter in 1965, a century after its foundation. In 1998 the Society moved from rooms in Burlington House into De Morgan House (named after the society's first president), at 57–58 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, to accommodate an expansion of its staff. The Society is also a member of the UK Science Council.

Membership

Membership is open to all members of the public who are interested in mathematics. Currently, there are three classes of membership, namely: (a) ordinary, (b) reciprocal, and (c) associate.[1]

Proposal for unification with the IMA

On 4 July 2008, the Joint Planning Group for the LMS and IMA proposed a merger of two societies to form a single, unified society. The proposal was the result of eight years of consultations and the councils of both societies commended the report to their members.[2] Those in favour of the merger argued a single society would give mathematics in the UK a coherent voice when dealing with Research Councils.[3] While accepted by the IMA membership, the proposal was rejected by the LMS membership on 29 May 2009 by 591 to 458 (56% to 44%).[4]

Activities

The Society publishes books and periodicals; organizes mathematical conferences; provides funding to promote mathematics research and education; and awards a number of prizes and fellowships for excellence in mathematical research.

Publications

The Society's periodical publications include five journals:

Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society[5]

Journal of the London Mathematical Society[6]

Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society[7]

Transactions of the London Mathematical Society[8]

Journal of Topology

It also publishes the journal Compositio Mathematica on behalf of its owning foundation, Mathematika on behalf of University College London and copublishes Nonlinearity with the Institute of Physics.

It also co-publishes four series of translations: Russian Mathematical Surveys, Izvestiya: Mathematics and Sbornik: Mathematics (jointly with the Russian Academy of Sciences and Turpion), and Transactions of the Moscow Mathematical Society (jointly with the American Mathematical Society).

Books

The Society publishes two book series, the LMS Lecture Notes and LMS Student Texts.

Previously it published a series of Monographs and (jointly with the American Mathematical Society) the History of Mathematics series.

An electronic journal, the LMS Journal of Computation and Mathematics ceased publication at the end of 2017.

Prizes

The named prizes are:

De Morgan Medal (triennial) — the most prestigious

Pólya Prize (two years out of three)

Louis Bachelier Prize (biennial)

Senior Berwick Prize

Senior Whitehead Prize (biennial)

Naylor Prize and Lectureship

Berwick Prize

Anne Bennett Prize

Senior Anne Bennett Prize

Fröhlich Prize (biennial)

Shephard Prize

Whitehead Prize (annual)

In addition, the Society jointly with the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications awards the David Crighton Medal and Christopher Zeeman Medal on alternating years.[9]

List of presidents

1865–1866 Augustus De Morgan

1866–1868 James Joseph Sylvester

1868–1870 Arthur Cayley

1870–1872 William Spottiswoode

1872–1874 Thomas Archer Hirst

1874–1876 Henry John Stephen Smith

1876–1878 Lord Rayleigh

1878–1880 Charles Watkins Merrifield

1880–1882 Samuel Roberts

1882–1884 Olaus Henrici

1884–1886 James Whitbread Lee Glaisher

1886–1888 James Cockle

1888–1890 John James Walker

1890–1892 Alfred George Greenhill

1892–1894 Alfred Kempe

1894–1896 Percy Alexander MacMahon

1896–1898 Edwin Elliott

1898–1900 William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin

1900–1902 E. W. Hobson

1902–1904 Horace Lamb

1904–1906 Andrew Forsyth

1906–1908 William Burnside

1908–1910 William Davidson Niven

1910–1912 H. F. Baker

1912–1914 Augustus Edward Hough Love

1914–1916 Joseph Larmor

1916–1918 Hector Macdonald

1918–1920 John Edward Campbell

1920–1922 Herbert Richmond

1922–1924 William Henry Young

1924–1926 Arthur Lee Dixon

1926–1928 G. H. Hardy

1928–1929 E. T. Whittaker

1929–1931 Sydney Chapman

1931–1933 Alfred Cardew Dixon

1933–1935 G. N. Watson

1935–1937 George Barker Jeffery

1937–1939 Edward Arthur Milne

1939–1941 G. H. Hardy

1941–1943 John Edensor Littlewood

1943–1945 L. J. Mordell

1945–1947 Edward Charles Titchmarsh

1947–1949 W. V. D. Hodge

1949–1951 Max Newman

1951–1953 George Frederick James Temple

1953–1955 J. H. C. Whitehead

1955–1957 Philip Hall

1957–1959 Harold Davenport

1959–1961 Hans Heilbronn

1961–1963 Mary Cartwright

1963–1965 Arthur Geoffrey Walker

1965–1967 Graham Higman

1967–1969 J. A. Todd

1969–1970 Edward Collingwood

1970–1972 Claude Ambrose Rogers

1972–1974 David George Kendall

1974–1976 Michael Atiyah

1976–1978 J. W. S. Cassels

1978–1980 C. T. C. Wall

1980–1982 Barry Johnson

1982–1984 Paul Cohn

1984–1986 Ioan James

1986–1988 Erik Christopher Zeeman

1988–1990 John H. Coates

1990–1992 John Kingman

1992–1994 John Ringrose

1994–1996 Nigel Hitchin

1996–1998 John M. Ball

1998–2000 Martin J. Taylor

2000–2002 Trevor Stuart

2002–2003 Peter Goddard

2003–2005 Frances Kirwan

2005–2007 John Toland

2007–2009 E. Brian Davies

2009 (interim) John M. Ball

2009–2011 Angus Macintyre

2011–2013 Graeme Segal[10]

2013–2015 Terry Lyons

2015–2017 Simon Tavaré

2017–2019 Caroline Series

2019–2021 Jonathan Keating[11]

See also

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American Mathematical Society

Edinburgh Mathematical Society

European Mathematical Society

List of Mathematical Societies

Council for the Mathematical Sciences

BCS-FACS Specialist Group

References

"Membership classes of Royal Mathematical Society".

"New Math Soc". Retrieved 21 April 2009.

Rogers, Alice (12 May 2009). "Why I believe a united society would be better". Retrieved 27 June 2009.

"LMS Special General Meeting votes against progressing with unification plans". London Mathematical Society. Archived from the original on 21 July 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009.

https://www.lms.ac.uk/publications/blms

https://www.lms.ac.uk/publications/jlms

https://www.lms.ac.uk/publications/plms

https://www.lms.ac.uk/publications/tlms

"IMA-LMS Prizes". London Mathematical Society. Retrieved 10 February 2020.

"2011 LMS Election Results". London Mathematical Society. 18 November 2011.

"List of Presidents of the London Mathematical Society" (PDF). London Mathematical Society. Retrieved 4 October 2018.

Oakes, Susan Margaret; Pears, Alan Robson; Rice, Adrian Clifford (2005). The Book of Presidents 1865–1965. London Mathematical Society. ISBN 0-9502734-1-4.

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