French Mathematical Society

The French Mathematical Society

The French Mathematical Society, Société Mathématique de France, was founded in 1872 although moves towards the creation of the Society began two years earlier. It was created for:-

... defending and promoting mathematics and mathematicians.

From the year after the Society was founded the Society has published the Bulletin de Société Mathématique de France which:-

... intends to be one of the greatest international journals through its rigorous scientific policy. It also makes sure that it includes a lot of young researchers' work.

The Society also publishes Mémoires de Société Mathématique de France. To celebrate its centenary the Society began publishing the journal Astérisque. It:-

... is a top-level international journal. It publishes various monographs, renowned seminars or reports of the main international colloquiums .... The articles are chosen for their ability to show a research branch under a new perspective. Each volume deals with only one subject. The whole annual collection covers all the different fields of mathematics.

The Revue d'Histoire des mathématiques began publication in 1995. It contains original articles studying the history of mathematics from the 17th century onwards.

There are many examples on ongoing cooperation between the Society and the French Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society. Together they promote the public awareness of mathematics, trying to raise the profile of the subject with the general public. They also cooperate on reports on the teaching of mathematics and together provide information on mathematics jobs in teaching and universities.

Presidents of the French Mathematical Society

1873 M Chasles
1874 Lafon de Ladebat
1875 I-J Bienaymé
1876 De la Gournerie
1877 A Mannheim
1878 G Darboux
1879 P Bonnet
1880 C Jordan
1881 E Laguerre
1882 G Halphen
1883 E Rouché
1884 Emile Picard
1885 P Appell
1886 H Poincaré
1887 Fouret
1888 Laisant
1889 Andre
1890 Haton de la Goupilliere
1891 Collignon
1892 Vicaire
1893 Georges Humbert
1894 Picquet
1895 E Goursat
1896 G Koenigs
1897 Emile Picard
1898 Lecornu
1899 Guyon
1900 H Poincaré
1901 Doocagne
1902 Raffy
1903 P Painlevé
1904 Carvallo
1905 E Borel
1906 J Hadamard
1907 Blutel
1908 Perrin
1909 Bioche
1910 Bricard
1911 Levy
1912 Andoyer
1913 E Cosserat
1914 E Vessiot
1915 E Cartan
1916 Fouche
1917 Guichard
1918 Maillet
1919 H Lebesgue
1920 J Drach
1921 Boulanger
1922 Camene
1923 P Appell
1924 Levy
1925 P Montel
1926 P Fatou
1927 Defontviolant
1928 Thybaut
1929 ?
1930 Jouguet
1931 A Denjoy
1932 G Julia


1933 Lienard
1934 Chazy
1935 M Fréchet
1936 Garnier
1937 J Pérès
1938 Valiron
1939 Vergne
1940 ?
1941 ?
1942 Platrier
1943 Gambier
1944 Chapelon
1945 Darmois
1946 Favard
1947 Chatelet
1948 Janet
1949 Brard
1950 Henri Cartan
1951 Lamothe
1952 M-L Dubreil-Jacotin
1953 Mandelbroit
1954 J Leray
1955 Marchaud
1956 Roy
1957 Marchaud
1958 P P Dubreil
1959 A Lichnerowicz
1960 Brelot
1961 G Choquet
1962 Schwartz
1963 Lelong
1964 J Dieudonné
1965 C Ehresmann
1966 A Revuz
1967 Reeb
1968 R Thom
1969 Pisot
1970 J-P Serre
1971 Cerf
1972-1973 J-P Kahane
1974 Poitou
1975 Amice
1976 Godbillon
1977 Neveu
1978 Koszul
1979 Berger
1980 Berger
1981 Herve
1982-1983 C Houzel
1984 J-L Verdier
1985 B Malgrange
1986-1987 J-F Mela
1988 M Demazure
1989 G Schiffmann
1990-1992 J-P Bourguignon
1992-1994 D Barlet
1994 - 1996 R Langevin
1996- 1998 J-J Risler
1998- 2001 M Martin-Deschamps
2001 - Michel Waldschmidt


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