|Legal status||Non-profit organisation and registered charity|
|Purpose||Professional organisation for mathematics educators|
|Main organ||MA Council (President – David Acheson)|
|Affiliations||Association of Teachers of Mathematics (based in Derby)|
The Mathematical Association is a professional society concerned with mathematics education in the UK.
It was founded in 1871 as the Association for the Improvement of Geometrical Teaching and renamed to the Mathematical Association in 1894. It was the first teachers' subject organisation formed in England. In March 1927, it held a three-day 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 11 plus 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.
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". Since 1894 it has published The Mathematical Gazette. It jointly hosts the British Congress of Mathematics Education conference each April with the ATM, situated at different universities each year.
Aside from the Council, it has seven other specialist committees.
Its branches are sometimes shared with the ATM:
- East Midlands
- Meridian (southern England)
Past presidents of the MA have included:
- 1897 Alfred Lodge
- 1899 Robert S Ball
- 1901 John Fletcher Moulton
- 1903 Andrew Russell Forsyth
- 1905 George Ballard Mathews
- 1907 G H Bryan
- 1909–1910 H H Turner
- 1911–1912 E W Hobson
- 1913–1914 A G Greenhill
- 1915–1916 A N Whitehead
- 1918–1919 T P Nunn
- 1920 E T Whittaker
- 1921 J M Wilson
- 1922–1923 T L Heath
- 1924–1925 G H Hardy
- 1926–1927 M J M Hill
- 1928–1929 W F Sheppard
- 1930–1931 A S Eddington
- 1932–1933 G N Watson
- 1934 E H Neville
- 1935 A W Siddons
- 1936 A R Forsyth
- 1937 L N G Filon
- 1938 W Hope-Jones
- 1939 W C Fletcher
- 1946 Warin Foster Bushell
- 1947 George Barker Jeffery
- 1951 Mary Cartwright
- 1954 W V D Hodge
- 1956 George Frederick James Temple
- 1958 Max Newman
- 1960 E.A. Maxwell
- 1967 A.P. Rollett
- 1968 C.A. Coulson
- 1970 James Lighthill
- 1975 Reuben Goodstein
- 1979 Clive W. Kilmister
- 1981 Michael Atiyah
- 1982 F J Budden
- 1983–1984 Rolph Ludwig Edward Schwarzenberger
- 1988 A.G. Howson
- 1995 E. Roy Ashley
- 1996 W. P. Richardson
- 1997 Tony Gardiner
- 1999 John S Berry
- 2003 Christopher Zeeman
- Mathematical Association of America
- London Mathematical Society
- Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
- David Acheson
- 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 0-19-162794-1.
- The Mathematical Association — supporting mathematics in education
- MA presidents have served 1 year terms, starting with Neville.
- 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)
- 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