## History of MSJ

The MSJ was founded in 1877 as Tokyo-Sugaku-Kaisha (Tokyo Mathematics Society) with 55 members. Subsequently, it was expanded to Tokyo-Sugaku-Buturi-Kaisha (Tokyo Mathematical and Physical Society) and later to Physico-Mathematical Society of Japan. It was split in 1946 into two separate societies: "The Mathematical Society of Japan" and "The Physical Society of Japan", and the MSJ as we have today was established at that time. The founders of "Tokyo Mathematics Society" recognized the importance of mathematics as the basis of all sciences, and devoted themselves in introducing European mathematics to Japan. In the ensuing 130 years, research and education of mathematics in Japan have seen dramatic development, and achievements of Japanese mathematical researchers have been receiving high recognition throughout the world. Japanese mathematical environment has produced three Fields medalists and the first Gauss prize winner and it enjoys firmly established reputation internationally. | |||

Kunihiko Kodaira |
Heisuke Hironaka |
Shigefumi Mori |
Kiyoshi Ito |

1877 | Establishment of "Tokyo Mathematical Society" |

1884 | Reorganized as "Tokyo Mathematical and Physical Society" |

1907 | The 200th posthumous anniversary for Takakazu Seki |

1918 | Changed its name to the Physico-Mathematical Society of Japan |

1946 | Split and established as "The Mathematical Society of Japan" |

1952 | Acquired the corporation status |

1954 | Kunihiko Kodaira was awarded the Fields medal |

1955 | Hosted International Conference on Algebraic Number Theory |

1969 | Hosted International Conference on Functional Analysis |

1970 | Heisuke Hironaka was awarded the Fields medal |

1973 | Hosted International Conference on Manifold Theory |

1977 | The 100th anniversary |

1990 | International Conference of Mathematicians ICM90 was held at Kyoto. Shigehumi Mori was awarded the Fields medal. |

1996 | The 50th anniversary for the establishment of The Mathematical Society of Japan |

2006 | Kiyoshi Ito was awarded the first Gauss prize |

2007 | The 300th posthumous anniversary of Takakazu Seki |

2010 | The 50th posthumous anniversary of Teiji Takagi |

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