The following were nominated for Ordinary Membership of the Society:
Dr K A Brown and Dr S J Pride.
The President then introduced the speaker Professor Michael Atiyah, Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford. He expressed the Society's good fortune, on this special occasion, of having as speaker an outstanding mathematician with a high international reputation, among whose many honours is the Fields Medal awarded in Moscow in 1966. The President noted, with particular pleasure, that the speaker is an Honorary Member of the Society.
Professor Atiyah addressed the Society on:
The President then called upon Professor G F Roach, last year's President, who initiated the preparations for the centenary, to give a vote of thanks.
Professor Roach referred to the first meeting of the Society held on 2nd February, 1883 in the Mathematical Classroom of Old College just a few paces away. This was devoted to formulating rules of the Society. The first meeting of a mathematical nature was on 12th March 1883 and included a survey lecture by Professor Chrystal on "Present Fields of Mathematical Research". He observed that, in 1983, few mathematicians are able to give such an overview, but Professor Atiyah is one of these few, and it was therefore especially fitting that he should speak on this occasion. He concluded by thanking Professor Atiyah for a memorable lecture.
In adjourning the meeting, the President reminded the meeting of the arrangements for the reception and dinner and announced that the Minute Book would be available at the reception to be signed by all members and guests.
The meeting ended at 6.25 p.m.