# London Mathematical Society

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Formation | 1865 |
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Type | Learned society |

Headquarters | London, England |

Simon Tavaré, FRS | |

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

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.

### 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.^{[1]} Those in favour of the merger argued a single society would give mathematics in the UK a coherent voice when dealing with Research Councils.^{[2]} 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%).^{[3]}

## 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 three printed journals:

**Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society****Journal of the London Mathematical Society****Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society**

Other publications include an electronic journal, the *Journal of Computation and Mathematics*; and a regular members' newsletter. It also publishes the journal *Compositio Mathematica* on behalf of its owning foundation, and copublishes *Nonlinearity* with the Institute of Physics. The Society publishes four book series: a series of *Monographs*, a series of *Lecture Notes*, a series of *Student Texts*, 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).

## Prizes

The named prizes are:

- De Morgan Medal (triennial) — the most prestigious;
- Pólya Prize (two years out of three);
- Senior Berwick Prize;
- Senior Whitehead Prize (biennial);
- Naylor Prize and Lectureship;
- Berwick Prize;
- Fröhlich Prize (biennial);
- 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

- 2016– Simon Tavaré

## 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

- ↑ "New Math Soc". Retrieved 21 April 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- ↑ Alice Rogers (12 May 2009). "Why I believe a united society would be better". Retrieved 27 June 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- ↑ "LMS Special General Meeting votes against progressing with unification plans". London Mathematical Society. Retrieved 17 June 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- ↑ "Statement by the Council of the London Mathematical Society". London Mathematical Society. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- ↑ "Statement following the Council Meeting on 24 August 2009". London Mathematical Society. 26 August 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- ↑ "2011 LMS Election Results". London Mathematical Society. 18 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- ↑ "2013 LMS Election Results". London Mathematical Society. 18 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

- Oakes, Susan Margaret; Pears, Alan Robson; Rice, Adrian Clifford (2005).
*The Book of Presidents 1865–1965*. London Mathematical Society. ISBN 0-9502734-1-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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