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.

1. VAN AMRINGE, John Howard, 18881890
2. MCCLINTOCK, John Emory, 18911894
3. HILL, George William, 18951896
4. NEWCOMB, Simon, 18971898
5. WOODWARD, Robert Simpson, 18991900
6. MOORE, Eliakim Hastings, 19011902
7. FISKE, Thomas Scott, 19031904
8. OSGOOD, William Fogg, 19051906
9. WHITE, Henry Seely, 19071908
10. BÔCHER, Maxime, 19091910
11. FINE, Henry Burchard, 19111912
12. VAN VLECK, Edward Burr, 19131914
13. BROWN, Ernest William, 19151916
14. DICKSON, Leonard Eugene, 19171918
15. MORLEY, Frank, 19191920
16. BLISS, Gilbert Ames, 19211922
17. VEBLEN, Oswald, 19231924
18. BIRKHOFF, George David, 19251926
19. SNYDER, Virgil, 19271928
20. HEDRICK, Earle Raymond, 19291930
21. EISENHART, Luther Pfahler, 19311932
22. COBLE, Arthur Byron, 19331934
23. LEFSCHETZ, Solomon, 19351936
24. MOORE, Robert Lee, 19371938
25. EVANS, Griffith Conrad, 19391940
26. MORSE, Harold Calvin Marston, 19411942
27. STONE, Marshall Harvey, 19431944
28. HILDEBRANDT, Theophil Henry, 19451946
29. HILLE, Einar, 19471948
30. WALSH, Joseph Leonard, 19491950
31. VON NEUMANN, John, 19511952
32. WHYBURN, Gordon Thomas, 19531954
33. WILDER, Raymond Louis, 19551956
34. BRAUER, Richard Dagobert, 19571958
35. MCSHANE, Edward James, 19591960
36. MONTGOMERY, Deane, 19611962
37. DOOB, Joseph Leo, 19631964
38. ALBERT, Abraham Adrian, 19651966
39. MORREY, Charles Bradfield Jr., 19671968
40. ZARISKI, Oscar, 19691970
41. JACOBSON, Nathan, 19711972
42. MAC LANE, Saunders, 19731974
43. BERS, Lipman, 19751976
44. BING, R H, 19771978
45. LAX, Peter David, 19791980
46. GLEASON, Andrew Mattei, 19811982
47. ROBINSON, Julia Bowman, 19831984
48. KAPLANSKY, Irving, 19851986
49. MOSTOW, George Daniel, 19871988
50. BROWDER, William, 19891990
51. ARTIN, Michael, 19911992
52. GRAHAM, Ronald L., 19931994
53. MORAWETZ, Cathleen Synge, 19951996
54. JAFFE, Arthur M., 19971998
55. BROWDER, Felix E., 19992000
56. BASS, Hyman, 20012002
57. EISENBUD, David, 20032004
58. ARTHUR, James G., 20052006
59. GLIMM, James G., 20072008
60. ANDREWS, George E., 20092010
61. FRIEDLANDER, Eric M., 20112012
62. VOGAN, David A. Jr., 20132014
63. BRYANT, Robert L., 20152016
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 chaptersseveral written by AMS presidentsabout 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.