 American Mathematical Society

American Mathematical Society Formation 1888 Headquarters Providence, RI Membership 32,000 President George E. Andrews Website www.ams.org The American Mathematical Society (AMS) is an association of professional mathematicians dedicated to the interests of mathematical research and scholarship, which it does with various publications and conferences as well as annual monetary awards and prizes to mathematicians.
The society is one of the four parts of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) and a member of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS).
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History
It was founded in 1888 as the New York Mathematical Society, the brainchild of Thomas Fiske who was impressed by the London Mathematical Society on a visit to England. John Howard Van Amringe was the first president and Fiske became secretary. The society soon decided to publish a journal, but ran into some resistance, due to concerns about competing with the American Journal of Mathematics. The result was the Bulletin of the New York Mathematical Society, with Fiske as editorinchief. The de facto journal, as intended, was influential in increasing membership.
In July, 1894, the society reorganized under its present name and became a national society. In 1951, the headquarters moved from New York City to Providence, Rhode Island. The society added an office in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1984 and an office in Washington, D.C. in 1992.
The popularity of the Bulletin soon led to Transactions of the American Mathematical Society and Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, which were also de facto journals. It was not until 1988 that the Journal of the American Mathematical Society was created, with the intent of being the flagship journal of the AMS.
The Society makes an effort to improve the quality of mathematics teaching in the US. For example, in 1954 it called for the creation of a new teaching degree, a Doctor of Arts in Mathematics, similar to a PhD but without a research thesis.^{[1]}
Meetings
The AMS, along with the Mathematical Association of America and other organizations, holds the largest annual research mathematics meeting in the world, the Joint Mathematics Meeting held in early January. The 2008 Joint Mathematics Meeting drew a record 5500 attendees. Each of the four regional sections of the AMS (Central, Eastern, Southeastern and Western) hold meetings in the spring and fall of each year. The society also cosponsors meetings with other international mathematical societies.
Publications
The AMS publishes Mathematical Reviews, a database of reviews of mathematical publications, various journals, and books. In 1997 the AMS acquired the Chelsea Publishing Company, which it continues to use as an imprint.
Journals:
 General
 Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society  published quarterly,
 Electronic Research Announcements of the American Mathematical Society  online only,
 Journal of the American Mathematical Society  published quarterly,
 Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society  published six times per year,
 Notices of the American Mathematical Society  published monthly, one of the most widely read mathematical periodicals,
 Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society  published monthly,
 Transactions of the American Mathematical Society  published monthly,
 Subjectspecific
 Mathematics of Computation  published quarterly,
 Conformal Geometry and Dynamics  online only,
 Representation Theory  online only.
Prizes
Some prizes are awarded jointly with other mathematical organizations. See specific articles for details.
 Bôcher Memorial Prize
 Cole Prize
 Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student
 Fulkerson Prize
 Leroy P. Steele Prizes
 Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics
 Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry
Typesetting
The AMS was an early advocate of the typesetting program TeX, requiring that contributions be written in it and producing its own packages AMSTeX and AMSLaTeX. TeX and LaTeX are now ubiquitous in mathematical publishing.
Presidents
The AMS is led by the President, who is elected for a twoyear term, and cannot serve for two consecutive terms.^{[2]}
1888 – 1900
 John Howard Van Amringe (New York Mathematical Society) (1888–1890)
 Emory McClintock (New York Mathematical Society) (1891–94)
 George Hill (1895–96)
 Simon Newcomb (1897–98)
 Robert Woodward (1899–1900)
1901 – 1950
 Eliakim Moore (1901–02)
 Thomas Fiske (1903–04)
 William Osgood (1905–06)
 Henry White (1907–08)
 Maxime Bôcher (1909–10)
 Henry Fine (1911–12)
 Edward Van Vleck (1913–14)
 Ernest Brown (1915–16)
 Leonard Dickson (1917–18)
 Frank Morley (1919–20)
 Gilbert Bliss (1921–22)
 Oswald Veblen (1923–24)
 George Birkhoff (1925–26)
 Virgil Snyder (1927–28)
 Earle Raymond Hedrick (1929–30)
 Luther Eisenhart (1931–32)
 Arthur Byron Coble (1933–34)
 Solomon Lefschetz (1935–36)
 Robert Moore (1937–38)
 Griffith C. Evans (1939–40)
 Marston Morse (1941–42)
 Marshall Stone (1943–44)
 Theophil Hildebrandt (1945–46)
 Einar Hille (1947–48)
 Joseph Walsh (1949–50)
1951 – 2000
 John von Neumann (1951–52)
 Gordon Whyburn (1953–54)
 Raymond Wilder (1955–56)
 Richard Brauer (1957–58)
 Edward McShane (1959–60)
 Deane Montgomery (1961–62)
 Joseph Doob (1963–64)
 Abraham Albert (1965–66)
 Charles B. Morrey, Jr. (1967–68)
 Oscar Zariski (1969–70)
 Nathan Jacobson (1971–72)
 Saunders Mac Lane (1973–74)
 Lipman Bers (1975–76)
 R. H. Bing (1977–78)
 Peter Lax (1979–80)
 Andrew Gleason (1981–82)
 Julia Robinson (1983–84)
 Irving Kaplansky (1985–86)
 George Mostow (1987–88)
 William Browder (1989–90)
 Michael Artin (1991–92)
 Ronald Graham (1993–94)
 Cathleen Morawetz (1995–96)
 Arthur Jaffe (1997–98)
 Felix Browder (1999–2000)
2001 –
 Hyman Bass (2001–02)
 David Eisenbud (2003–04)
 James Arthur (2005–06)
 James Glimm (2007–08)
 George E. Andrews (2009–10)
 Eric M. Friedlander (201112)
See also
References
 ^ Journal of Proceedings and Addresses of the Annual Conference 1960. Association of Graduate Schools
 ^ AMS bylaws
External links
 The AMS website
 A Semicentennial History of the American Mathematical Society, 1888–1938 – by Raymond Clare Archibald
 MacTutor: The New York Mathematical Society
 MacTutor: The American Mathematical Society
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