Honorary Members

Each year, the Council of the LMS considers the election of Honorary Members of the Society 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 2021

The London Mathematical Society has elected the following people to Honorary Membership of the Society in 2021:

Professor Bảo Châu Ngô, University of Chicago, USA, and Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics

Professor Laure Saint-Raymond, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES), France

Professor Peter Sarnak, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, USA

Professor Ya-xiang Yuan, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China

The brief citations read:

The London Mathematical Society has elected Professor Bảo Châu Ngô to Honorary Membership in the Society. Professor Ngô is Francis and Rose Yuen Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Scientific Director of the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics. He has made one of the most important contributions to the theory of automorphic forms in the last few decades. In a remarkable work published in 2010 that combines ideas from representation theory, arithmetic geometry, topology, singularity theory, and mathematical physics, he completed a proof of the so-called ‘fundamental lemma’ in the theory of the Arthur–Selberg trace formula. For this work, he was awarded the Fields Medal by the International Mathematical Union in 2010.

The London Mathematical Society has elected Professor Laure Saint-Raymond, permanent Professor at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES), to Honorary Membership of the Society. Laure Saint-Raymond is an exceptional mathematician, an analyst working on partial differential equations from physics whose landmark contributions include the first rigorous mathematical connexion between non-perturbative solutions of kinetic theory and fluid mechanics, and the first rigorous connexion between the many-body deterministic Newtonian system and Brownian motion.

The London Mathematical Society has elected Professor Peter Sarnak, of the Institute for Advanced Study, USA, to Honorary Membership of the Society. Peter Sarnak has made fundamental contributions in analysis, number theory, and combinatorics including work on Ramanujan graphs, families of L-functions, quantum unique ergodicity, and sub-convexity of L-functions.   

The London Mathematical Society has elected Professor Ya-xiang Yuan, Professor of Mathematics and Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, to Honorary Membership of the Society. Ya-xiang Yuan is an internationally leading expert in optimization theory and methods. He has had major role in developing optimization algorithms and exhibited leadership of applied mathematics in China and worldwide. 

Full citations will appear in the LMS Bulletin.

Full list of Honorary Members (PDF)