Mathematical Association
Abbreviation  MA 

Formation  1871 
Legal status  Nonprofit organisation and registered charity 
Purpose  Professional organisation for mathematics educators 
Location 

Region served  UK 
Main organ  MA Council President – Hannah Fry (20202021) 
Website  https://www.ma.org.uk 
The Mathematical Association is a professional society concerned with mathematics education in the UK.
History[edit]
It was founded in 1871 as the Association for the Improvement of Geometrical Teaching and renamed to the Mathematical Association in 1894.^{[1]}^{[2]} It was the first teachers' subject organisation formed in England. In March 1927, it held a threeday meeting in Grantham to commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Sir Isaac Newton, attended by Sir J. J. Thomson (discoverer of the electron), Sir Frank Watson Dyson – the Astronomer Royal, Sir Horace Lamb, and G. H. Hardy.
In the 1960s, when comprehensive education was being introduced, the Association was in favour of the 11plus system. For maths teachers training at university, a teaching award that was examined was the Diploma of the Mathematical Association, later known as the Diploma in Mathematical Education of the Mathematical Association.
Function[edit]
It exists to "bring about improvements in the teaching of mathematics and its applications, and to provide a means of communication among students and teachers of mathematics".^{[3]} Since 1894 it has published The Mathematical Gazette. It is one of the participating bodies in the quadrennial British Congress of Mathematics Education, organised by the Joint Mathematical Council, and it holds its annual general meeting as part of the Congress.^{[4]}
Structure[edit]
It is based in the southeast of Leicester on London Road (A6), just south of the Charles Frears campus of De Montfort University.
Aside from the Council, it has seven other specialist committees.
Regions[edit]
Its branches are sometimes shared with the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM):
 Birmingham
 Cambridge
 East Midlands
 Exeter
 Gloucester
 Liverpool
 London
 Greater Manchester
 Meridian
 Stoke and Staffordshire
 Sheffield
 Sussex
 Yorkshire
Past presidents[edit]
Past presidents of The Association for the Improvement of Geometrical Teaching included:
 1871 Thomas Archer Hirst
 1878 R B Hayward MA, FRS
 1889 Professor G M Minchin MA, FRS
 1891 James Joseph Sylvester
 1892 The Reverend C Taylor DD
 1893 R Wormell MA, DSc
 1895 Joseph Larmor
Past presidents of The Mathematical Association have included:
 1897 Alfred Lodge
 1899–1900 Robert Stawell Ball^{[5]}
 1901 John Fletcher Moulton, Baron Moulton
 1903 Andrew Forsyth
 1905 George Ballard Mathews
 1907 George H. Bryan
 1909–1910 Herbert Hall Turner
 1911–1912 E. W. Hobson
 1913–1914 Alfred George Greenhill
 1915–1916 Alfred North Whitehead
 1918–1919 Percy Nunn
 1920 E. T. Whittaker
 1921 James Wilson
 1922–1923 Thomas Little Heath
 1924–1925 G. H. Hardy
 1926–1927 Micaiah John Muller Hill
 1928–1929 William Fleetwood Sheppard
 1930–1931 Arthur Eddington
 1932–1933 G. N. Watson
 1934 Eric Harold Neville^{[6]}
 1935 A W Siddons
 1936 Andrew Forsyth
 1937 Louis Napoleon George Filon
 1938 W HopeJones
 1939 W C Fletcher
 1944 C O Tuckey MA
 1945 Sydney Chapman
 1946 Warin Foster Bushell
 1947 George Barker Jeffery
 1948 Harold Spencer Jones
 1949 A Robson MA
 1950 Professor H R Hasse MA, DSc
 1951 Mary Cartwright
 1952 K S Snell MA
 1953 Professor T A A Broadbent MA
 1954 W. V. D. Hodge
 1955 G L Parsons MA
 1956 George Frederick James Temple
 1957 W J Langford JP, MSc
 1958 Max Newman
 1959 Louise Doris Adams
 1960 Edwin A. Maxwell
 1961 J T Combridge MA, MSc
 1962 Professor V C A Ferraro PhD, DIC
 1963 J B Morgan MA
 1964 Ida Busbridge
 1965 Elizabeth Williams
 1966 F W Kellaway BSc
 1967 A.P. Rollett
 1968 Charles Coulson
 1969 Bertha Swirles
 1970 James Lighthill
 1971 B T Bellis MA, FRSE, FIMA
 1972 C T Daltry BSc, FIMA
 1973 William McCrea
 1974 Margaret Hayman
 1975 Reuben Goodstein
 1976 E Kerr BSc, PhD, FIMA, FBCS
 1977 Professor G Matthews MA, PhD, FIMA
 1978 Alan Tammadge
 1979 Clive W. Kilmister
 1980 D A Quadling MA, FIMA, later OBE
 1981 Michael Atiyah
 1982 F J Budden BSc
 1983 Rolph Ludwig Edward Schwarzenberger
 1984 P B Coaker BSc, ARCS, DIC, FIMA, FBCS
 1985 Hilary Shuard
 1986 Anita Straker
 1987 Margaret Rayner
 1988 A.G. Howson
 1989 Mr Peter Reynolds MA
 1990 Margaret Brown
 1991 Alan J. Bishop
 1992 Mr John Hersee MA
 1993 Dr William WynneWilson BA, PhD
 1994 Mary Bradburn
 1995 E. Roy Ashley
 1996 W. P. Richardson
 1997 Tony Gardiner
 1998 Professor J Chris Robson
 1999 John S Berry
 2000 Mr Stephen Abbott BSc, MSc
 2001 Dr Sue Sanders Cert.Ed, BA, MEd, PhD
 2002 Mr Barry Lewis BSc, BA, FIMA
 2003 Christopher Zeeman
 2004 Professor Adam McBride
 2005 Sue Singer
 2006 Mr Doug French
 2007 Rob Eastaway
 2008 Mr Robert Barbour
 2009 Mrs Jane Imrie
 2010 David Acheson
 2011 Dr Paul Andrews
 2012 Marcus Du Sautoy
 2013 Peter Ransom
 2014 Lynne McClure
 2015 Peter M. Neumann
 2016 Dr Jennie Golding
 2017 Mr Tom Roper
 2018 Professor Mike Askew
 2019 Ems Lord
 2020 Hannah Fry (President)
 2021 Dr Chris Pritchard {President Designate)
Arms[edit]

See also[edit]
References[edit]
 ^ Orton, Anthony (2004). Learning Mathematics: Issues, Theory and Classroom Practice. A&C Black. p. 181. ISBN 0826471137.
 ^ Flood, Raymond; Rice, Adrian; Wilson, Robin, eds. (2011). Mathematics in Victorian Britain. Oxford University Press. p. 171. ISBN 9780191627941.
 ^ The Mathematical Association — supporting mathematics in education
 ^ BMCE Handbook, accessed 20181009
 ^ "Court Circular". The Times. No. 36051. London. 29 January 1900. p. 9.
 ^ MA presidents have served 1 year terms, starting with Neville.
 ^ "Mathematical Association". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
 Siddons, A. W. (1939). "The Mathematical Association—I". Eureka. 1: 13–15.
 Siddons, A. W. (1939). "The Mathematical Association—II". Eureka. 2: 18–19.
 Michael H Price Mathematics of the Multitude? A History of the Mathematical Association (MA, 1994)
External links[edit]
 The Mathematical Association website
 Complete list of Presidents of the Association
 The MA's online shop
 Annual conference
 The Mathematical Gazette No. 1, 30, 31, 37–39, 41, 43 (1901–1904) on the Internet Archive digitised by Google from the Harvard University Library
News items[edit]
 1871 establishments in the United Kingdom
 Educational charities based in the United Kingdom
 Learned societies of the United Kingdom
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 Mathematics education in the United Kingdom
 Mathematical societies
 Organisations based in Leicestershire
 Organizations established in 1871
 Teacher associations based in the United Kingdom