Activities of the Society
The Forder Lectureship was established in 1985 following a bequest to the London Mathematical Society from the late Professor Henry George Forder (Professor of Mathematics at the University of Auckland 1934-55).
Under the terms of this Lectureship, every two years an eminent mathematician in the United Kingdom is selected (by the London Mathematical Society Council in consultation with the NZ Mathematical Society Council) to tour New Zealand for a period of three to four weeks and to give lectures in the six main NZ university centres.
In 2012 the terms of the Lectureship have changed to a reciprocal exchange between the New Zealand Mathematical Society and London Mathematical Society. A New Zealand and a British mathematician will tour each other’s countries on alternate years, with the lecturers to be chosen by both societies.
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 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.
The itinerary of the current MacLaurin Lecturer, Terry Tao can be found here.
NZMS Visiting Lectureship
The Society coordinates and provides some financial support for a tour of New Zealand universities by a visiting mathematician. Usually this person, known as the NZMS Visiting Lecturer, will spend two to three days at each of the six main university centres, and give at least two lectures at each place: one for a general audience, and one more closely tied to his or her own particular research interests.
The Society provides financial backing for a nominated plenary speaker at each year’s Mathematics Colloquium.