In order to show the public some idea of the aspects of mathematics and its applications, the AMS Council established the Josiah Willard Gibbs Lectureship in 1923. Gibbs (b. 1839—d. 1903), a mathematical physicist, was one of the greatest scientists America has ever produced. The speakers for these public lectures are selected by invitation. It is hoped that these lectures will enable the public and the academic community to become aware of the contribution that mathematics is making to present-day thinking and to modern civilization.
The January 2020 Lecturer TBA.