The transformer that provides electricity to the AMS building in Providence went down on Sunday, April 22. The restoration of our email, website, AMS Bookstore and other systems is almost complete. We are currently running on a generator but overnight a new transformer should be hooked up and (fingers crossed) we should be fine by 8:00 (EDT) Wednesday morning. This issue has affected selected phones, which should be repaired by the end of today. No email was lost, although the accumulated messages are only just now being delivered so you should expect some delay.
Thanks for your patience.
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 well-known 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.
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, 1888-1938, by Raymond Clare Archibald; Mathematics into the Twenty-First 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.