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London Mathematical Society Hirst Lecture

Thursday 14 April 2016

The London Mathematical Society is pleased to announce that Professor Edmund F. Robertson (St Andrews) will give the inaugural Hirst Lecture at St Andrews on Wednesday 20 April 2016. Mark McCartney (University of Ulster) will give an accompanying lecture.

The Hirst Lecture celebrates the joint award of the Hirst Prize & Lectureship, in the 150th Anniversary year of the London Mathematical Society, to Professor Edmund Robertson (St Andrews) and Dr John O’Connor (St Andrews) for their creation, development and maintenance of the MacTutor History of Mathematics website.

The Hirst Prize and Lectureship are named after Thomas A. Hirst, 5th President of the London Mathematical Society from 1872-1874. The prize is awarded in recognition of original and innovative work in the history of mathematics, which may be in any medium.



3.30 pm  Opening of the meeting

3.45 pm  Mark McCartney (Ulster)

              Sir Edmund Taylor Whittaker (1873-1956)
              Laplace's equation, silver forks and Vogue

4.45 pm  Tea

5.15 pm  Hirst Lecture, Edmund Robertson (St. Andrews)

              History of Mathematics: some personal thoughts

6.15 pm  Meeting closes.


There will then be a wine reception and the Society Dinner.

These lectures are aimed at a general audience. All interested, whether LMS members or not, are most welcome to attend this event. To register please email .

If you would also like to attend the Society Dinner, please also email by Tuesday 12th April.  The cost of the dinner will be £35.00 per person.

There are funds available to contribute in part to the expenses of members of the Society or research students to attend the meeting and workshop. Requests for support, including an estimate of expenses, may be addressed to Elizabeth Fisher (