In 1986 the Council of the London Mathematical Society, in consultation with Officers of the New Zealand Mathematical Society, instituted a Lectureship to New Zealand. The Lectureship was named after the late Professor H. G. Forder, formerly of the University of Auckland, and a benefactor of the London Mathematical Society.
The Forder Lectureship occured every two years (in odd-numbered years) when a mathematician from the UK, who is a member of the London Mathematical Society and normally resident in the United Kingdom, was invited by both Societies to give lectures at most universities in New Zealand over a period of four weeks. Forder lecturers were chosen for their eminent contribution as a research mathematician and who can also speak effectively at a more popular level.
Forder Lecturer 2023
The most recent Forder Lecturer was Professor Imre Leader who visited New Zealand in 2023.
Holders of the Forder Lectureship included:
|1987||Christopher Zeeman||2005||Martin Bridson|
|1989||Michael Atiyah||2008||Peter Cameron|
|1991||Peter Whittle||2010||Ben Green|
|1993||Roger Penrose||2012||Geoffrey Grimmett|
|1995||Elmer Rees||2015||Endre Suli|
|1997||Ian Stewart||2016||Julia Gog|
|1999||Michael Berry||2018||Valerie Isham|
|2001||Tom Körner||2020||Julia Wolf|
|2003||Caroline Series||2023||Imre Leader|
In 2009, the London Mathematical Society and New Zealand Mathematical Society agreed to set up a new lectureship which is named after Professor A. Aitken, one of New Zealand’s great mathematicians, for a period of ten years.
The Aitken Lectureship occurred every two years (in even-numbered years) when a mathematician from New Zealand was invited by both Societies to give lectures at different universities around the UK over a period of several weeks.
Aitken Lecturer 2022
Professor Lisa Orloff Clark (Victoria University of Wellington) was the sixth holder of the Aitken Lectureship. She visited the UK from 11 June - 2 July 2022 and gave the Aitken Lecture at the General Meeting of the Society on 1 July 2022. She also gave lectures at the following departments around the UK:
- Queen’s University Belfast – 14 June
- Durham University – 22 June
- Aberystwyth University – 24 June
- London – 1 July to give the Aitken Lecture at the LMS General Meeting.
Holders of the Aitken Lectureship included: