Black Heroes of Mathematics

Monday 26 October 2020 to Tuesday 27 October 2020

Organising Committee:

  • Nira Chamberlain – IMA
  • Frank Neumann – LMS
  • Troy Astarte – BSHM
  • Snezana Lawrence – BSHM and IMA

This meeting is hosted by the ICMS.

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The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and the London Mathematical Society (LMS), and the International Centre for Mathematical Science (ICMS) are holding a two day conference on Black Heroes of Mathematics. 

The Vision of the conference is “To celebrate the inspirational contributions of black role models to the field of mathematics”. 

There will be a balance of technical talks by internationally renowned black speakers that include some detail of career paths and experience to provide a testimonial dimension. The provisional programme is shown below.

We plan two sessions 26 October 2020 [morning and afternoon] and two sessions on 27 October [afternoon and early evening] to suit our audience and our line-up of international speakers. The second session each day will be a questions and discussion session hosted by Dr Nira Chamberlain, President of the IMA. We plan that pre-recorded talks will be available during the first session each day [these will be pre-released by a few hours]. The questions and discussion sessions each day will be hosted in real time. 


For talk titles and abstracts please follow this link.

26th October 2020

Day 1, Session 1 (All timings are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT))

10:00 Welcome – Dr Nira Chamberlain (IMA)

10:05 Message from BHMS/LMS/ICMS/IMA

10:10 Dr Angela Tabiri (AIMS Ghana)

10:40 Break

10:50 Dr Howard Haughton (King's College London)

11:20 Break

11:30 Professor Tannie Liverpool (Bristol)

12:00 Close of Session/Lunch

Day 1, Session 2

13:00 Professor Aderimi Kuku (past president of Africal Mathematical Union)

13:50 Break

14:00 Panel Discussion

15:30 Close of Day 1


27th October 2020

Day 2, Session 1

13:00 Welcome – Dr Nira Chamberlain (IMA)

13:10 Natalya Silcott (FIMA)

13:40 Break

13:50 Dr Spencer Becker-Kahn (Cambridge)

14:20 Break

14:50 Professor Nkechi Agwu (BMCC)

15:20 Break

15:30 Professor Edray Goins

16:00 Close of Session

Day 2, Session 2

18:00 Panel Discussion

19:30 End of event

We are requesting that all talks are accessible to the wide audience that we hope to attract. 

This event is part of the Black History Month 2020 celebrations.

This seminar series is supported as part of the ICMS Online Mathematical Sciences Seminars.