Former President Professor Caroline Series Awarded a CBE

The LMS is delighted to report that Professor Caroline Mary Series FRS, former LMS President and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Warwick, has been awarded a CBE in the King’s Birthday Honours, for services to mathematics.

Professor Series was the third female president of the LMS, holding the post from 2017 to 2019. During this time, she drove through essential reforms and was a major contributor to the Society’s response to the Bond Review of Mathematics (2018), work which has continued with a role on the national Strategy Committee implementing review recommendations. She was also a founding member of European Women in Mathematics and in 2015 became the first vice-chair of the International Mathematical Union’s Committee for Women in Mathematics. She continues to serve global mathematics through, for example, her role on the Nominating Committee of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) in 2022. She has served on the Scientific Steering Committee and on the Management Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute, on the Pure Mathematics Subpanel in RAE2008, and on the Mathematical Sciences Subpanel in REF2014, among many others.

In addition to her exemplary service to the community, Professor Series is an outstanding mathematician whose groundbreaking work connects geometry to dynamics and topology. She is known for her work on symbolic coding of geodesics on hyperbolic surfaces and for novel contributions to the study of hyperbolic manifolds via their fractal limit sets, and she proved important results on simple curves on surfaces. In three dimensions, she developed methods which allow one to compute the discreteness locus of a parameterised family of Moebius maps. There is now a substantial body of work, carried out by groups around the world, that can be traced back to the theory and connection between areas that was established by Series. Her work, published in the best international journals, has been highly influential and she continues to be an active researcher.

Commenting on her award, Professor Series said: “I am truly honoured to receive this award. My career has been dedicated to mathematics, and it’s wonderful to be recognised in this way in our new King’s first birthday honours.

“Over the years I have had the pleasure of working alongside brilliant teachers, colleagues and students who have supported me throughout, and this award is a testament to them, as well as to the research I have been able to carry out.

"Mathematics is so important nowadays and leads to all sorts of opportunities for a great career."

Last updated 26 June 2023