Each year, the Council of the Society considers the election of Honorary Members of the Society from amongst distinguished mathematicians who are not normally resident within the United Kingdom. The election of Honorary Members is made by Council, subject to confirmation by the Society at an Ordinary Meeting.
There is no statutory limit on the number of Honorary Members that can be elected in any year, and there is no constraint on the time or frequency of such elections.
2013 Honorary Members
The London Mathematical Society has elected Professor Margaret Wright, Silver Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, USA and Professor Dennis Sullivan, Einstein Chair at the City University of New York Graduate Centre and professor at Stony Brook University, USA to Honorary Membership of the Society.
Short citations appear in the September 2013 issue (No.428) of the Society’s Newsletter:
Professor Wright has had a distinguished career. As well as making outstanding contributions to mathematics in her own research fields of optimization, numerical linear algebra and scientific computing, she has served the academic community in many high-profile roles. In particular, she was Chair of the International Review of Mathematical Sciences in the UK commissioned by the EPSRC. In its careful assessment of the strengths and needs of research in the UK the report has been invaluable to the UK mathematical sciences community.
Professor Sullivan is one of the world’s most outstanding mathematicians, and has made fundamental contributions in many different areas of the subject. His first and most striking work was in topology, both algebraic and geometrical, proving (simultaneously with Quillen) the Adams conjecture about the homotopy groups of spheres, transforming surgery theory and elucidating the structure of manifolds, and inventing an effective new way of treating rational homotopy theory. Subsequently he changed direction and worked on dynamical systems, especially the Feigenbaum universality properties and complex dynamics. Later still he turned to the mathematics of quantum field theory, inventing the new subject of string topology, and he also embarked on a study of the Navier-Stokes equation.
Full citations for Professor Wright and Professor Sullivan will appear in the LMS Bulletin