Honorary Members

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. 

Honorary Members in 2017

The London Mathematical Society has elected the following people to Honorary Membership of the Society in 2017:

Professor Persi Diaconis, of Stanford University,

Professor Étienne Ghys, at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon.


The brief citations read:

The London Mathematical Society has elected PROFESSOR PERSI DIACONIS, of Stanford University, to Honorary Membership of the Society.  Persi Diaconis is an exceptional mathematician who has made remarkable and wide-ranging contributions to both statistics and mathematics, particularly to card shuffling, combinatorics and Markov Chain Monte Carlo.

The London Mathematical Society has elected PROFESSOR ÉTIENNE GHYS, of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, to Honorary Membership of the Society.  Étienne Ghys is a prolific mathematician whose work spans geometry, topology, dynamics, and algebra and who has made important contributions to the theory of foliations and of group actions on circles.  Ghys is also a brilliant and multi-faceted expositor of mathematics. 


Full citations will appear in the LMS Bulletin

Full list of Honorary Members (PDF)