# London Mathematical Society

Formation | 1865 |
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Type | Learned society |

Headquarters | London, WC1 United Kingdom |

President | Caroline Series |

Key people | Catherine Hobbs (Vice President) |

Website | www.lms.ac.uk |

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

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## History[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

The Society's periodical publications include five printed 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.

The Society publishes four book series: a series of *Lecture Notes*, a series of *Student Texts*. Previously it published a series of *Monographs* and (jointly with the American Mathematical Society) the *History of Mathematics* series, 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).

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

## Prizes[edit]

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 every three years.

## List of presidents[edit]

- 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
^{[9]} - 2013–2015 Terry Lyons
- 2015–2017 Simon Tavaré
- 2017–2020 Caroline Series
^{[10]}

## See also[edit]

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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[edit]

**^**"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**^**"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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