The New Zealand Mathematical Society (Inc.) is the representative body of professional mathematicians in New Zealand, and was founded in 1974. Its aims include promotion of research in the mathematical sciences, the development, application and dissemination of mathematical knowledge within New Zealand, and effective cooperation and collaboration between mathematicians and their colleagues in New Zealand and in other countries.
Notices and news
2013 Maclaurin Lecturer
The Maclaurin Lectureship is a new reciprocal exchange between the New Zealand Mathematical Society and American Mathematical Society. A New Zealand and a United States-based mathematician will tour each other’s countries on alternate years, with the lecturers to be chosen by both societies.
The 2013 MacLaurin Lecturer is Professor Terence Tao, UCLA. (see his NZ itinerary).
Terence "Terry" Tao FRS was born on 17 July 1975 in Adelaide. Terry is an Australian mathematician working in harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, additive combinatorics, ergodic Ramsey theory, random matrix theory, and analytic number theory. He currently holds the James and Carol Collins chair in mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has joint US and Australian citizenship. He was one of the recipients of the 2006 Fields Medal, the mathematical equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
Tao was a child prodigy. According to Smithsonian Online Magazine, Tao could carry out basic arithmetic by the age of two. He remains the youngest winner of each of the bronze, silver and gold medals in the history of the International Mathematical Olympiad, at ages 11, 12 and 13 respectively. He published his first paper at age 15, and received his bachelor's and master's degrees at the age of 16 from Flinders University. From 1992 to 1996, Tao was a graduate student at Princeton University under the direction of Elias Stein, receiving his Ph.D. at the age of 20.6 He joined the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996. He was promoted to full professor at UCLA at 24, and remains the youngest person ever appointed to that rank by that institution.
Tao has won numerous honors and awards. He received the Salem Prize in 2000, the Bôcher Memorial Prize in 2002, and the Clay Research Award in 2003, for his contributions to analysis including work on the Kakeya conjecture and wave maps. In 2005 he received the American Mathematical Society's Levi L. Conant Prize with Allen Knutson, and in 2006 he was awarded the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize.
The lectureship is named after Richard Cockburn Maclaurin (1870 – 1920), who studied at Auckland University College – now The University of Auckland – and Cambridge University, and won the Smith Prize in Mathematics and Yorke Prize in Law. He was Foundation Professor of Mathematics at Victoria University College, as well as Dean of Law and Professor of Astronomy. In 1908 he became President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and helped transform that institution into a world-class research-based technological university.
Member wins E.O.Tuck medal
At the recent ANZIAM meeting in Newcastle, ANZIAM-NZ branch and NZMS member Prof. Shaun Hendy, of Victoria University and Callaghan Innovation, was awarded the inaugural mid-career E.O. Tuck medal, jointly with Geoff Mercer from ANU along with this citation.
NZMS Research Award
This annual award was instituted in 1990 to foster mathematical research in New Zealand and to recognise excellence in research carried out by New Zealand mathematicians.
The Research Award for 2012 was presented at the NZMS Colloquium dinner at Wharerata (Palmerston North Massey campus) to Ben Martin of Auckland University for his outstanding and broad contributions to algebra including the application of geometric invariant theory to algebraic groups, the geometry of spherical buildings, and the representation growth of groups; and to Tom ter Elst of Auckland University for his deep and sustained contributions to the analysis and understanding of elliptic operators, and associated evolution processes. Especially notable are his contributions to Riesz transforms, the treatment of operators on Lie groups, and outstanding recent work on degenerate operators.
NZMS Early Career Award
This award was instituted in 2006 to reward early career New Zealand mathematicians.
The Early Career Award for 2012 was presented at the NZMS Colloquium dinner at Wharerata (Palmerston North Massey campus) to Mark Holmes of Auckland University, for early career excellence which has seen him rapidly become a world expert in the theory of random walks, and in the analysis of high-dimensional models in statistical physics.
2012 Aitken Prize for Best Sudent Paper
This award went to Stefanie Hittmeyer of the University of Auckland, for her paper entitled Untangling Wild Chaos; and to Jennifer Creaser of the University of Auckland, for her paper entitled The Lorentz System Near the Loss of the Foliation Condition.
Summary of the Society’s activities
Promotion of research
Each year the Society awards both a Research Award and an Early Career Award to mark and reward outstanding research activity.
The Forder Lectureship is now a reciprocal exchange between the New Zealand Mathematical Society and the London Mathematical Society featuring noted mathematicians to speak in each others countries on alternate years.
The Maclaurin Lectureship is a new reciprocal exchange between the New Zealand Mathematical Society and American Mathematical Society featuring noted mathematicians to speak in each others countries on alternate years.
The NZMS Visiting Lectureship allows a visiting mathematician to spend two to three days at each of the six main university centres; the Society coordinates and provides some financial assistance for this tour.
The Newsletter, published three times a year, is the official organ of the Society, and contains news from around the country, featured opinion articles, featured mathematicians, official notices and minutes, and application forms.
The Society also co-publishes the New Zealand Journal of Mathematics.
The Aitken Prize is awarded annually for the best contributed student talk at the NZ Mathematics Colloquium.
Information is maintained of mathematical visitors to New Zealand.
Financial assistance is made available in the form of grants to support attendance of mathematical conferences in Australasia, postgraduate student travel, mathematics in the South Pacific, and miscellaneous research activities.
New Zealand Mathematical Society
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