World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

American Mathematical Society

American Mathematical Society
Formation 1888
Headquarters Providence, RI
Membership 30,000
President David Vogan

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) is an association of professional mathematicians dedicated to the interests of mathematical research and scholarship, and serves the national and international community through its publications, meetings, advocacy and other programs.

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).


  • History 1
  • Meetings 2
  • Fellows 3
  • Publications 4
  • Prizes 5
  • Typesetting 6
  • Presidents 7
    • 1888 – 1900 7.1
    • 1901 – 1950 7.2
    • 1951 – 2000 7.3
    • 2001 – 7.4
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


It was founded in 1888 as the New York Mathematical Society, the brainchild of New York City to Providence, Rhode Island. In 1954 the society called for the creation of a new teaching degree, a Doctor of Arts in Mathematics, similar to a PhD but without a research thesis.[2] Julia Robinson was the first female president of the American Mathematical Society (1983–1984), but was unable to complete her term as she was suffering from leukemia. [3] The society also added an office in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1984 and an office in Washington, D.C. in 1992. In 1988 the Journal of the American Mathematical Society was created, with the intent of being the flagship journal of the AMS.


The AMS, along with the Joint Mathematics Meeting held in early January. The 2013 Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego drew over 6,600 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 co-sponsors meetings with other international mathematical societies.


The AMS selects an annual class of Fellows who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of mathematics.[4]


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.



  • Blog on Blogs
  • e-Mentoring Network in the Mathematical Sciences
  • AMS Graduate Student Blog
  • PhD + Epsilon
  • On the Market


Some prizes are awarded jointly with other mathematical organizations. See specific articles for details.


The AMS was an early advocate of the typesetting program TeX, requiring that contributions be written in it and producing its own packages AMS-TeX and AMS-LaTeX. TeX and LaTeX are now ubiquitous in mathematical publishing.


The AMS is led by the President, who is elected for a two-year term, and cannot serve for two consecutive terms.[5]

1888 – 1900

1901 – 1950

1951 – 2000

2001 –

See also


  1. ^  
  2. ^ Journal of Proceedings and Addresses of the Annual Conference 1960. Association of Graduate Schools
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Fellows of the American Mathematical Society". Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  5. ^ 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

This article incorporates material from American Mathematical Society on PlanetMath, which is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.