LMS-NZMS Forder and Aitken Lectureships


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Forder Lectureship 

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

Aitken Lectureship

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:

2022  Lisa Clark
2019  Bakh Khoussainov
2017  Hinke Osinga 
2015  Steven Galbraith
2013  Robert Mclachlan
2011  Geoff Whittle