of the St. Petersburg Mathematical Society

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The St. Petersburg Mathematical Society was organized in 1890 and was
the third mathematical society in Russia after the Moscow (1867) and the
Khar'kov (1879) ones. Its first president was V.G.Imshenetskii (1890--1892),
who brought forward the idea of the establishment of the Society, and after
his death Yu.-K.Sokhotsky became
president and kept this position until t**he first period** of the existence
of the Society was interrupted before the Revolution (apparently, in 1905).

Recreated in 1921 owing to the efforts of A.V.Vassiliev, under the name
of **the Petrograd Physical and Mathematical Society**, the society
began to play a very important role in mathematical life of the city and
the country. During **the second period** of its work (till the next
break) there were about 150 sessions. A.V.Vasiliev was president of the
Society in 1921--1923, and N.M.Günter
was president since 1923. An active part in the work of the society was
taken by Ya.V.Uspenskii,
V.I.Smirnov,
B.N.Delone,
G.M.Fikhtengol'ts,
V.A.Steklov,
A.A.Friedmann
(secretary of the Society in 1923--1925), V.A.Fock,
A.S.Bezikovich,
S.N.Bernstein,
Ya.D.Tamarkin,
R.O.Kuzmin, N.I.Muskhelishvili, L.G.Loytsyanskii, B.G.Galerkin.
The "Journal of the Leningrad Physical and Mathematical Society", founded
by V.A.Steklov, was published since 1926 (after Steklov's death in 1926,
the editorial board was headed by Ya.V.Uspenskii). At that time it was
one of the few mathematical journals in the country. The victimization
since late 20th of independently thinking people, in particular scientists,
led to the decision of self dissolution of the society (that probably had
eased fates of many mathematicians).

In 1953, the **Leningrad Mathematical Seminar** was organized on
V.I.Smirnov's initiative. Actually, it played the role of society for
several years.
During that period the activity of the seminar and of the society
was connected with the names of V.I.Smirnov, G.M.Fikhtengol'ts,
A.A.Markov jr.,
A.D.Aleksandrov,
I.P.Natanson,
S.M.Lozinskii,
L.V.Kantorovich,
D.K.Faddeev,
O.A.Ladyzhenskaya,
Yu.V.Linnik,
B.A.Venkov.
It was only in 1959 that, due to the efforts of V.I.Smirnov and
A.D.Aleksandrov,
it became possible to organize the **Leningrad Mathematical Society**
(now the **St. Petersburg Mathematical Society**).
V.I.Smirnov was elected
honorary president of the society, and Yu.V.Linnik president.

In 1965--1985, S.M.Lozinskii, in 1985--1989 D.K.Faddeev, in 1990--1998 O.A.Ladyzhenskaya, and in 1998--2008 A.M.Vershik were presidents of the society. In 2008, Yu.V.Matiyasevich became its president. At present, the society unites practically all active mathematicians of St. Petersburg as well as a number of mathematicians working abroad (see Section Members). SPbMS is a collective member of the European Mathematical Society and has tight contacts with the Moscow Mathematical Society and the American Mathematical Society.

**Honorary Members of the Society**:

V.I.Smirnov, A.D.Aleksandrov, S.N.Bernstein, L.V.Kantorovich,
A.A.Markov, M.G.Krein, S.G.Mikhlin, O.A.Ladyzhenskaya,
V.A.Zalgaller, N.A.Shanin, A.M.Vershik, I.A.Ibragimov and
V.M.Babich have been elected Honorary Members of the Society.

** "Proceedings of the St. Petersburg
Mathematical Society"** are being published since 1990.

Meetings of the society are held regularly (see reports published in the "Russian Mathematics Surveys").

Since 1962, the ** "Young
Mathematician prize"** of the society is being awarded annually.

The present bodies of the society have been elected in 2012. The Rules of the society have been adopted in 2012.

During the first two periods of the Society existence (1890-1914, 1921-1930), it encountered about 100 members. The progress of its growth can be seen in the following table.

Year ==== 1893 1927 1959 1963 1973 1978 1984 1990 1996 2000 2005 2010 |
The number of members ===================== 98 102 49 92 123 150 209 241 332 356 382 385 |

More detailed stories that have been the sources of this text can be found in sketches by A.M.Vershik and N.S.Ermolaeva,

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Last updated: 08.09.2012