Calcutta Mathematical Society

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Calcutta Mathematical Society
TypeMathematical Society
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The Calcutta Mathematical Society (CalMathSoc) is an association of professional mathematicians dedicated to the interests of mathematical research and education in India. The Society has its head office located at Kolkata, India.


Calcutta Mathematical Society was established on 6 September 1908 under the stewardship of Sir Asutosh Mookerjee, the then Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University. He was the founder president of the Society, and was assisted by Sir Gurudas Banerjee, Prof. C.E. Cullis and Prof. Gauri Sankar Dey as Vice Presidents and Prof. Phanindra Lal Ganguly as the Founder Secretary of the organization. It is said that the founders were inspired by the structure and operations of the London Mathematical Society while forming this organization.

Over more than the last 100 years, the Society has fostered teaching and research of theoretical and applied mathematical sciences through several pedagogic and technical activities. It is honored to be associated with legends like Albert Einstein, Anil Kumar Gain, S. Chandrasekhar, Abdus Salam and many more eminent scientists and researchers across the globe.[1]


The main academic activities of the Society can broadly be classified under the following three heads - Memorial Lectures, Special Lectures and Regular Seminars and Symposiums. The Memorial Lectures are organized by the Society every year in honor of great academicians who were once associates and patrons of the organization. The Special Lectures are given on request by eminent researchers and scientists who visit Kolkata from time to time. The Seminars and Symposiums are generally held on an annual basis, focusing on the Pedagogic and Technical topics as well as topics of popular interest. 'International Symposium on Mathematical Physics in memory of S. Chandrasekhar with a special session on Abdus Salam' is notable one. National seminars on 'Theory & Methodology of Mathematics Teaching', 'Contribution of René Descartes','Contribution of Gottfried Leibniz', National Seminar on 'Power generation, Environment Pollution and related Mathematical Equations' were the most notable programme. Director of all those programs was Professor N.C. Ghosh. Professor C.G. Chakraborty was Director of National seminar on 'Satyndranath Bose & his contribution', Professor B.N. Mondal was Director of the 'Workshop on Mathematics Teaching Research & Training' organised at Calcutta Mathematical Society. [2][3]


In terms of publishing substantial academic work, Calcutta Mathematical Society is the 1st Mathematical Society in India and Asia, and is the 13th in the whole world.[4] The main publication of the Society is the Bulletin of Calcutta Mathematical Society,[5] which commenced its journey back in 1909 and has been of great repute in the global scenario of mathematics for more than 100 years. The major publications of the Society are its four journals and bulletins as follows.

  • Bulletin of Calcutta Mathematical Society
  • Journal of Calcutta Mathematical Society
  • Review of Calcutta Mathematical Society
  • News Bulletin of Calcutta Mathematical Society

Apart from these, the Society has published in form of books and monographs, the work of great scientists and mathematicians who have come in close contact with the organization over the course of its journey. The library of the Society currently houses around 20,000 publications by the Society, and is growing on a continuous basis.


The main governing body of the Society is its Council, which is composed of the President[6][7], Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, Editorial Secretary and Assistant Secretary (if required). These posts are nominated and elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting.

The membership of the Society is categorized bases on the involvement of the members. The Honorary Members are nominated from the pool of current researchers and scientists in the field of mathematical sciences. The Life Members and Ordinary Members of the Society are elected by the standing members at the General Meetings. The Society has a reciprocity relationship with American Mathematical Society and Cambridge Philosophical Society, whereby a member of one of the societies can become a member of the other by paying just half the subscription.

The General Meeting of the Society is held approximately every month and the main agenda revolves around nominating and electing new members, and reading and judgment of papers to be published in the next edition of the Bulletin. After the members review and suggest changes and points of improvements for the papers, they are finalized and are dispatched to be published.


The Calcutta Mathematical Society is associated with a number of renowned institutions and societies across the world. It has a relation of collaboration and co-sponsorship with the Indian National Science Academy, American Mathematical Society, Canadian Mathematical Society and the Australian Mathematical Society. It also has a reciprocity relationship with American Mathematical Society and Cambridge Philosophical Society, via which a member of any one of these societies can be a member of the other at the payment of half subscription.

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  1. ^ Calcutta Mathematical Society, Diamond-cum-Platinum Jubilee Commemoration Volume, Part -- II, Society (History, Activity and Development), (Kolkata, 1983).
  2. ^ Events organized by CalMathSoc
  3. ^ Centenary Celebration of CalMathSoc
  4. ^ "A news article on Asia's Oldest Mathematical Society". Archived from the original on 14 June 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  5. ^ Bulletin of CalMathSoc at JournalSeek
  6. ^ Ganesh Prasad, President of CalMathSoc (1924-1935)
  7. ^ Prof. P. L. Bhatnagar, President of CalMathSoc (1972-1973)