Subject: Hong Kong Math Society minutes on International Congress of Mathematics (ICM) 2002

Here are the minutes of all meetings of the Hong Kong Mathematics Society starting from the year 1996. All the discussions of the ICM can be found in these minutes.

  1. First meeting of the council, 1996–1998, May 20, 1996, 3:00 pm, at the City University of Hong Kong.
    PRESENT: Roderick Wong (president), M.C. Liu, W.S. Cheung, Tong Yang, Daniel Ho (general secretary), K.M. Liu, L.F. Tam, S.H. Lui, X. Wu, C.S. Tong, Kunrui Yu, C.C. Yang, K.Y. Chan
    ABSENT: S.Y. Cheng

    In this meeting, no discussion of ICM

  2. Meeting on Sept 20, 1996, 4:00 pm, at the City University of Hong Kong.
    PRESENT: Roderick Wong (president), M.C. Liu, S.Y. Cheng, Tong Yang, Daniel Ho (general secretary) K.M. Liu, S.H. Lui, X. Wu, C.S.Tong, Kunrui Yu, T.M. Leung
    ABSENT: W.S. Cheung, L.F. Tam, C.C. Yang
  3. According to item number 10 of the minutes, it says: Request of a supporting letter by the Chinese Math Society for ICM–2002: The Council approved the support for the Chinese Math Society's application for ICM-2002. A supporting letter is drafted by the President on behalf of the Council (see attached document 96.9 A. VIII).

    The letter by Roderick Wong to David Mumford, September 28, 1996:

    Professor David Mumford President of IMU
    Division of Applied Mathematics
    Brown University
    Providence, RI 02912
    USA

    Dear Professor Mumford,                                           RE.ICM-2002

    As president of the Hong Kong Mathematical society (HKMS), I am writing to give wholehearted support to the Chinese Mathematical Society's (CMS) effort to host ICM-2002 in Beijing. This plea has the support of all HKMS's council members and the Mathematics department heads of all six universities in Hong Kong.

    Over the past 5–10 years Mathematics staff and researchers from the six universities in Hong Kong have been encouraged to foster links with equivalent institutions in mainland China. As a result of this interaction we are fully aware of the tremendous mathematical development in China and other countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific area.

    Here in Hong Kong we are now able to attract eminent world-famous mathematicians including holders of Fields medals. This has generated numerous visits and lectures by so many outstanding mathematicians. Through our strong links with many universities in China, we know that the same is happening there and the interactions between Chinese mathematicians and their international colleagues have been very fruitful both of the Chinese mathematics community and for the international mathematics community.

    Now that we are moving towards the end of the millennium we feel that the time is right for China's capital city, Beijing, to be given the opportunity to host ICM-2002. There are many obvious advantages in such a move including:

    1. further stimulation of the growth of visits and interchanges of mathematicians on an international scale.
    2. promotion of mathematical research, applications and education of mathematics throughout the vast region of China.
    3. providing a great boost to the new generation of very able young Chinese mathematicians who are making contributions to mathematical research and its applications.
    4. encouragement for more talented youths in China to pursue mathematics or related fields.
    5. promotion of greater interest in mathematics from the general public in China.
    6. encouragement of more support from the Chinese government and funding agencies.
    7. giving the international Congress delegates some first-hand insight into the development of mathematics in China.

    I feel certain that the CMS has the determination and resources, backed up with financial support from the state, to make ICM-2002 a resounding success.

    Yours sincerely,

    Roderick Wong
    President

  4. Meeting on Dec. 5, 1996, 4:00 pm, at the City University of Hong Kong
    PRESENT: Roderick Wong, M.C. Liu, S.Y. Cheng, Tong Yang, Daniel Ho (General Secretary), K.M. Liu, S.H. Lui, X. Wu, C.S. Tong, Kunrui Yu,
    ABSENT: W.S. Cheung, L.F. Tam, C.C. Yang

    No discussion of ICM 2002

  5. Meeting on Feb. 26, 1997, 4:30 pm, at the City University of Hong Kong
    PRESENT: Roderick Wong, M.C. Liu, S.Y. Cheng, Tong Yang, Daniel Ho (general secretary), K.M. Liu, C.C. Yang, X. Wu, T.W. Leung, Kunrui Yu
    ABSENT: W.S. Cheung, L.F. Tam, S.H. Lui, C.S. Tong

    No discussion of ICM 2002

  6. Meeting on April 15, 1997, 4:00 pm, at City Unviersity of Hong Kong
    PRESENT: Roderick Wong, M.C. Liu, Tong Yang, Daniel Ho (general secretary) K.M. Liu, X. Wu, S.H. Lui, C.S. Tong, T.W. Leung, Junrui Yu
    ABSENT: W.S. Cheung, L.F. Tam, C.C. Yang, S.Y. Cheng

    In item 7 of the minutes: ICM Congress 2002: Prof. Roderick Wong reported that IMU has tentatively decided to hold the ICM Congress 2002 in Beijing. The estimated cost is about USD 1.8 Million. The organizer in Beijing is requesting financial support from Hong Kong. The Council will consider the possibility of setting up a fund-raising committee for this event.

  7. Meeting on Nov. 25, 1997, 4:30 pm
    PRESENT: Roderick Wong, M.C. Liu, S.Y. Cheng, Tong Yang, Daniel Ho (general secretary) K.M. Liu, X. Wu, W.S. Cheung, L.F. Tam, C.S. Tong
    ABSENT: T.W.Leung, Kunrui Yu, S.H.Lui

    No discussion of ICM 2002

  8. Meeting on March 31, 1998, 4:30 pm, at the City Unviersity of Hong Kong
    PRESENT: Roderick Wong, M.C. Liu, C.S.Tong, Daniel Ho (general secretary) K.M. Liu, X. Wu, L.F.Tam, T.W. Leung, Kunrui Yu, S.H. Lui, Tong Yang
    ABSENT: C.C. Yang, S.Y. Cheng, W.S. Cheung

    No discussion of ICM 2002

  9. Memorandum: May 13, 1998.

    (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) memorandum written by S.Y. Cheng, cc to Kin Li, G. Wei, Michael Ng, and distributed to M.C. Liu, K.S. Chou, Tom Wan, W.P. Li, H.H. Dai, Jason Zhang, Roderick Wong, C.S. Tong, T.W. Leung on item 6 of the memorandum: to nominate a representative to ICM

  10. Meeting on May 20, 1998, 4:30 pm
    PRESENT: S.Y.cheng (president) M.C. Liu, K.S. Chou, W. Li, H. Dai, Y. Eng, T. Wan, C.S. Tong, J. Z. ZHang, T. Wing, Roderick Wong, K.Y. Li, K.P. Ng
    ABSENT: G. Wei

    In item 5 of the minutes: ICM represntative: the council appointed Prof. Roderick Wong, with Dr. Weiping Li as back up, to be the HKMS representative at the General assembly meeting of the ICM in August.

  11. Meeting on September 28, 1998, 5:30 pm, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
    PRESENT: S.Y. Cheng (president) M.C. Liu, W. Li, H. Dai, T. Wan, C.S. Tong, J.Z. Zhang, Michael Ng, G. Wei, K.Y. Li
    ABSENT: K.S. Chou, T.W. Leung, Roderick Wong.

    No discussion of ICM 2002

  12. Memorandum of S.Y. Cheng on April 13, 1999
    DISTRIBUTION: M.C. Liu, Michael Ng, K.S. Chou, T. Wan, W.P. Li, Kin Li, HH. Dai, Jason Zhang, Roderick Wong, G. Wei, C.S. Tong, T.W. Leung

    In item 5, discussion on local organization committee for ICM 2002

  13. Meeting at 4:30 pm April 16, 1999 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    PRESENT: S.Y. Cheng (presdient), M.C. Liu, K.S Chou, W. Li, T. Wan, C.S. Tong, T.W. Leung, Michael Ng, G. Wei, K.Y. Li
    ABSENT: H. Dai, J.Z. Zhang, Roderick Wong

    In item 5 of the minutes: discussion of local oganization committee for ICM 2002; In a letter, the local organization committee for ICM 2002 expressed interest to have Professor Roderick Wong to continue representing the mathematicians in Hong Kong on the committee. The members of the council supported the idea.

No more discussions on ICM