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


The Society was established on 16 January 1865, the first president being Augustus De Morgan. The earliest meetings were held in University College London, 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. In 2015 the Society celebrated its 150th Anniversary. The year of celebrations promoted 150 years of the Society with a wide range of meetings, events and other activities, highlighting the historical and continuing value and prevalence of mathematics in society, and in everyday life


Membership is open to those who are interested in mathematics. Currently, there are four classes of membership, namely: (a) Ordinary, (b) Reciprocity, (c) Associate, and (d) Associate (undergraduate). In addition, Honorary Members of the Society are distinguished mathematicians who are not normally resident in the UK, who are proposed by the Society's Council for election to Membership at a Society Meeting.

LMS Activities

The Society publishes books and periodicals; organises mathematical conferences; provides funding to promote mathematics research and education; and awards a number of prizes and fellowships for excellence in mathematical research. Grants The Society supports mathematics in the UK through its grant schemes. These schemes provide support for mathematicians at different stages in their careers. The Society’s grants includ
research grants
for mathematicians, early career researchers and computer scientists working at the interface of mathematics and computer science
education grants
for teachers and other educators; travel grants to attend conferences; and grants for those wit
responsibilities. Awarding grants is one of the primary mechanisms through which the Society achieves its central purpose, namely to 'promote and extend mathematical knowledge’. Fellowships The Society also offers a range of Fellowships
LMS Early Career FellowshipsLMS Atiyah-Lebanon UK FellowshipsLMS Emmy Noether Fellowships
Grace Chisholm Young Fellowships
Society Lectures and Meetings The Society organises an annual programme of events and meetings. The programme provides meetings of interest to undergraduates, through early career researchers to established mathematicians. These includ
LMS-Bath Mathematical SymposiaLecture Series (Aitken/Forder, Hardy, Invited)Research SchoolsLMS Prospects in Mathematics MeetingPublic LecturesSociety MeetingsLMS Undergraduate Summer Schools
Women in Mathematics Days


The Society's periodical publications include five scientific journal, journals: *''Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society (1969–present)'' *''Journal of the London Mathematical Society (1926–present)'' *''Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society (1865–present)'' *''Transactions of the London Mathematical Society (2014–present)'' *''Journal of Topology, Journal of Topology (2006 - present)'' It also publishes the journal ''Compositio Mathematica'' on behalf of its owning foundation, ''Mathematika'' on behalf of ''University College London'' and copublishes ''Nonlinearity (journal), 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 (company), Turpion), and ''Transactions of the Moscow Mathematical Society'' (jointly with the American Mathematical Society). Books The Society publishes two book series, th
''LMS'' ''Lecture Notes''
''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.


The named prizes are: * De Morgan Medal (triennial) — the most prestigious * Pólya Prize (LMS), 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)
Hirst Prize
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. The LMS also awards the Emmy Noether Fellowship.

List of presidents

See also

* American Mathematical Society * Edinburgh Mathematical Society * European Mathematical Society * List of Mathematical Societies * Council for the Mathematical Sciences * BCS-FACS Specialist Group



External links

London Mathematical Society website

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