# Irish Mathematical Society at 40 (Dec 2016)

#### "It was 40 years ago today..."

On 14 April 1976 the Irish Maths Soc came into being. In December of that year the first officers were elected, namely: the late Michael Hayes (UCD), Ted Hurley (then UCD, later UCG/NUIG), Finbarr Holland (UCC) and the late Trevor West (TCD).

Over the four decades since then, dozens of people have served as IMS officers, others helped with writing its constitution, designing its logo, and so on. You can find all of these people, together with key early inspirations and supporters—and the organizers and speakers from the April 2016 IMS meeting—in the collage below. A few other notable people have been sneaked in too.

Images created by Dan Bascelli, based on ideas by Arthur Céilí.

Replacing John, Ringo, Paul and George, respectively, are Michael Hayes (1938-2017), Ted Hurley, Finbarr Holland and Trevor West (1938-2012). The rest of the relevant people depicted can be identified using the numbered image guide and list below.

1. John Kennedy (1939?–1995) |
22. Pauline Mellon |
43. Steve Buckley |

2. Don McAlister |
23. Michel Vandyck |
44. David Malone |

3. Don McQuillan |
24. Rod Gow |
45. David Conlon |

4. Martin Newell |
25. Charles Nash |
46. Anca Mustata |

5. Tom Laffey |
26. – |
47. Stuart White |

6. Frank Hodnett (1939–2011) |
27. David Armitage |
48. Derek Kitson |

7. Phil Boland |
28. Russell Higgs |
49. Stephen Gardiner |

8. Ray Ryan |
29. Kevin Hutchinson |
50. Andreea Nicoara |

9. John Miller |
30. Eugene Gath |
51. Vladimir Dotsenko |

10. Sean Dineen |
31. Martin Mathieu |
52. George Stokes (1819–1903) |

11. Donal Hurley |
32. Gordon Lessells |
53. William Thomson (1824–1907) |

12. Tony O’Farrell |
33. David Wraith |
54. George Boole (1815–1864) |

13. Gerry Enright |
34. Maurine OReilly |
55. William R. Hamilton (1805-1865) |

14. Richard Timoney |
35. Ann O’Shea |
56. -- |

15. Pat Fitzpatrick |
36. Sean O’Rourke |
57. Eamon de Valera (1882–1975) |

16. Fergus Gaines (1939–2001) |
37. Sinead Breen |
58. Robert Boyle (1627–1691) |

17. Graham Ellis |
38. James Cruickshank |
59. Paul Clarke |

18. David Tipple |
39. Stephen Wills |
60. Edgar Harper (1880–1916) |

19. Brendan Goldsmith |
40. Rachel Quinlan |
61. – |

20. Joe Pule |
41. Michael Mackey |
62. – |

21. James Ward |
42. Goetz Pfeiffer |

A few other heads are shown, such as those of James McConnell (1915–1999, who helped the fledgling IMS get financial support from RIA) and Des MacHale (he designed the IMS logo in 1982).

Needless to say, the story of the IMS's founding, an accounting of all of its officers, and a preview of last April's 40th anniversary meeting, together make for a terrific song (or two). In the spring of 2016 two well-known songs from almost half a century earlier were re-purposed (with an extra verse) to this end. The lyrics are below. We suspect many readers know the Fab tune.

**Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band**** / With a Little Help From My Friends **

Written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney, first recorded by the Beatles

Lyrics adapted below by Arthur Céilí*.*

It seems that the origins of the Irish Maths Soc can be traced to 1967….even if the “39 steps” weren’t taken until 14 April 1976.

Imaginative syllable emphasis choices are required below to get things to scan.

Note “Irish Maths Soc’s 40^{th} Conference” is non-associative. The intended meaning here is “(Irish Maths Soc’s 40^{th}) Conference” not “Irish Maths Soc’s (40^{th} Conference)”.

And it should be said as “Irish Maths Soc’s FORT-ieth CON-ference”.

Likewise “Irish Maths Soc’s PRES-ent OFF-icers”.

**Irish Maths Soc’s 40 ^{th} Conference**

It was forty years ago this year

That the Irish Maths Soc first appeared

They've been working hard for everyone

With a Bulletin second to none

So may I introduce to you

The lads you've known for all these years

Irish Maths Soc’s Present Officers

We're Irish Maths Soc’s Present Officers

We’ve planned this one for quite some time We're Irish Maths Soc’s Present Officers

This soc is really in its prime

Mackey Buckley Ma-lone, Pfeiffer and O’Farr-ell

Irish Maths Soc’s Present Officers

And so without much fanfare

This 40th we declare

Will be a lovely conference

Here’s Vladimir and Richard T

Who’ll be your gracious hosts

We really want to start the show

And we thought you might like to know

From Conlon, Kitson, White you will hear

As well as guys and gals from here

So let us introduce to you

The one and only IMS

Irish Maths Soc’s 40^{th} conference

The Irish Maths Soc’s 40^{th} conference

This meeting should be lots of crack

The Irish Maths Soc’s 40^{th} conference

Sit back and let the speakers yack

Nico-ara, Quinlan, Gardiner, Mus-tata,

Ellis and O’Shea are all on track

It's wonderful to compere

It's certainly a skill

You're such a lovely audience

We'd like to make you life members

We'd love to do just that

We don't really want to stop the show

But we thought you might like to know

That our origins are quite well known

And we want set the perfect tone

So may we introduce to you

The one and only Trevor West’s

Irish Maths Soc’s early history

**With A Little Help From Our Friends**

What would you think if we had a maths soc

As well as the DIAS do’s?

Lend me your rooms and we'll organise talks

And we'll publish things you can peruse

Oh we’ll get by with a little help from our friends

Mm we’ll apply for a little help from our friends

Mm we’re gonna try with a little help from our friends

What was the TCD ’69 start?

(It was group reps and quantum stuff!)

UCC’s ‘71 counterpart?

(Complex functions, funny enough!)

Oh we got by with a little help from our friends

Mm we applied for a little help from our friends

Mm we just tried with a little help from our friends

(Did you need anybody?)

McConnell was a God send

(Any organisations?)

The RIA was our best friend

(Were there proceedings that all could enjoy?)

Matters spectral and numerical

(Were other volumes also deployed?)

Issues harmonic and top’logical

Oh we got by with a little help from our friends

Mm we applied for a little help from our friends

Oh we just tried with a little help from our friends

(Was there a constitution?)

We needed something like that.

(Who did all of that hard work?)

McQuillan, Lewis and me.

Oh we got by with a little help from our friends

Mm we applied for a little help from our friends

Oh we just tried with a little help from our friends

With a little help from our friends