
AMS Presidents: A Timeline
Browse through the timeline to learn about AMS presidents since the Society's founding in 1888. Each page includes the president's institution and date of doctoral degree, a brief note about his/her academic career and honors, as well as links to more extensive biographical information and descriptions of mathematical work.
Thomas Fiske (pictured here) founded the American Mathematical Society in 1888 after he returned from Cambridge, England, inspired by its collegial and vibrant mathematical community.
The early AMS presidents had been awarded honorary PhDs, and several were born or trained outside the U.S. Some came from humble backgrounds, others from families of privilege. Some stayed at the same institution for decades; others traveled the world to do research, give talks, and represent the AMS. Most worked in academia, and a few worked in applied mathematics; some trained in wellknown mathematics departments, others at small colleges. Some were quiet leaders, others outgoing and highly visible. All have in common an international recognition well beyond the mathematics community for their mathematical achievements and effective leadership.
 RIBET, Kenneth A., 20172018
 BRYANT, Robert L., 20152016
 VOGAN, David A. Jr., 20132014
 FRIEDLANDER, Eric M., 20112012
 ANDREWS, George E., 20092010
 GLIMM, James G., 20072008
 ARTHUR, James G., 20052006
 EISENBUD, David, 20032004
 BASS, Hyman, 20012002
 BROWDER, Felix E., 19992000
 JAFFE, Arthur M., 19971998
 MORAWETZ, Cathleen Synge, 19951996
 GRAHAM, Ronald L., 19931994
 ARTIN, Michael, 19911992
 BROWDER, William, 19891990
 MOSTOW, George Daniel, 19871988
 KAPLANSKY, Irving, 19851986
 ROBINSON, Julia Bowman, 19831984
 GLEASON, Andrew Mattei, 19811982
 LAX, Peter David, 19791980
 BING, R H, 19771978
 BERS, Lipman, 19751976
 MAC LANE, Saunders, 19731974
 JACOBSON, Nathan, 19711972
 ZARISKI, Oscar, 19691970
 MORREY, Charles Bradfield Jr., 19671968
 ALBERT, Abraham Adrian, 19651966
 DOOB, Joseph Leo, 19631964
 MONTGOMERY, Deane, 19611962
 MCSHANE, Edward James, 19591960
 BRAUER, Richard Dagobert, 19571958
 WILDER, Raymond Louis, 19551956
 WHYBURN, Gordon Thomas, 19531954
 VON NEUMANN, John, 19511952
 WALSH, Joseph Leonard, 19491950
 HILLE, Einar, 19471948
 HILDEBRANDT, Theophil Henry, 19451946
 STONE, Marshall Harvey, 19431944
 MORSE, Harold Calvin Marston, 19411942
 EVANS, Griffith Conrad, 19391940
 MOORE, Robert Lee, 19371938
 LEFSCHETZ, Solomon, 19351936
 COBLE, Arthur Byron, 19331934
 EISENHART, Luther Pfahler, 19311932
 HEDRICK, Earle Raymond, 19291930
 SNYDER, Virgil, 19271928
 BIRKHOFF, George David, 19251926
 VEBLEN, Oswald, 19231924
 BLISS, Gilbert Ames, 19211922
 MORLEY, Frank, 19191920
 DICKSON, Leonard Eugene, 19171918
 BROWN, Ernest William, 19151916
 VAN VLECK, Edward Burr, 19131914
 FINE, Henry Burchard, 19111912
 BÔCHER, Maxime, 19091910
 WHITE, Henry Seely, 19071908
 OSGOOD, William Fogg, 19051906
 FISKE, Thomas Scott, 19031904
 MOORE, Eliakim Hastings, 19011902
 WOODWARD, Robert Simpson, 18991900
 NEWCOMB, Simon, 18971898
 HILL, George William, 18951896
 MCCLINTOCK, John Emory, 18911894
 VAN AMRINGE, John Howard, 18881890
The AMS book series A Century of Mathematics in America , Part I, Part II, and Part III, edited by Peter Duren, puts the AMS presidents in historical context. The volumes contain chapters—several written by AMS presidents—about mathematics, mathematicians, university mathematics departments, and events during the period.
The following books also include information about or by AMS presidents: A Semicentennial History of the American Mathematical Society, 18881938, by Raymond Clare Archibald; Mathematics into the TwentyFirst Century, edited by Felix E. Browder; A History of the Second Fifty Years, American Mathematical Society, 1939  1988, by Everett Pitcher; and Semicentennial Addresses of the American Mathematical Society.

