Bibby Awards in the History of Mathematics

Bibby Awards in the History of Mathematics

The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) is pleased to launch the Neil Bibby Awards, for contributions to the popularization of the history of mathematics in education. 

Neil Bibby was a longstanding BSHM member who worked tirelessly for the teaching of the history of mathematics as part of mathematics education. He and his mother each left generous legacies to the Society, which have enabled us to fund these awards in his honour.

Applications are now open, with a closing date of 25 July 2021. Up to four awards of £400 can be made each academic year. Awards are renewable annually up to a maximum of 5 years. 

Holders of the Bibby Award will be expected to give at least two free talks at schools, or other appropriate venues in the UK and/or Ireland, on topics in the history of mathematics, and to produce at least four digital resources for use in the promotion of the history of mathematics in schools. These resources will be placed on the BSHM website. Examples of these resources might be short (5-10 minute) videos; pdf classroom resources; or software-based demonstrations using software such as Desmos or Geogebra. They can be related to the in-person talks, or on different topics.

Contact details of each Bibby Award-holder will be given on the Society website, and promoted widely throughout the UK and Ireland school sector, with interested schools or other venues being invited to contact the Award-holder directly. 

Up to four awards may be made each year, with the aim of ensuring a wide geographical spread across the UK and Ireland.

How to apply

Send a short CV and covering letter to the BSHM Education Secretary, Snezana Lawrence, at, indicating:

  • why you wish to become a Bibby Award holder; 
  •  the topics in the history of mathematics which you would like to cover; 
  • any previous experience;
  • which age groups your talks would be suitable for;
  • the geographical range you are willing/able to travel to.

The combined CV and covering letter should be no more than four A4 pages. Deadline for applications: 25 July 2021. 


  1. 1.     Lectureships are held from 1 September to 31 August, renewable for up to five years.
  2. 2.     The BSHM does not cover travel or other costs, as it is assumed that the schools or other venues issuing the invitation will cover these. 
  3. 3.     Lecturers are asked to give a short report each year to Council summarising the number and location of talks given, and digital resources produced. 
  4. 4.     Appointees should be resident in the UK or Ireland. 
  5. 5.     If you have any queries, please contact the Education Secretary Snezana Lawrence.