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The Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL) is an international organization of specialists in mathematical logic and philosophical logic. The ASL was founded in 1936, and its first president was Alonzo Church. The current president of the ASL is Julia F. Knight.[1]


The ASL publishes books and academic journals. Its three official journals are:

Journal of Symbolic Logic (website) – publishes research in all areas of mathematical logic. Founded in 1936, ISSN 0022-4812.
Bulletin of Symbolic Logic (website) – publishes primarily expository articles and reviews. Founded in 1995, ISSN 1079-8986.
Review of Symbolic Logic (website) – publishes research relating to logic, philosophy, science, and their interactions. Founded in 2008, ISSN 1755-0203.

In addition, the ASL has a sponsored journal:

Journal of Logic and Analysis (website) – publishes research on the interactions between mathematical logic and pure and applied analysis. Founded in 2009 as an open-access successor to the Springer journal Logic and Analysis. ISSN 1759-9008.

The organization played a part in publishing the collected writings of Kurt Gödel.[2]

The ASL holds two main meetings every year, one in North America and one in Europe (the latter known as the Logic Colloquium). In addition, the ASL regularly holds joint meetings with both the American Mathematical Society ("AMS") and the American Philosophical Association ("APA"), and sponsors meetings in many different countries every year.
List of Presidents[3]

Name Term of office
1st President Curt John Ducasse 1936–1937
2nd President Haskell Curry 1938–1940
3rd President Cooper Harold Langford 1941–1943
4th President Alfred Tarski 1944–1946
5th President Ernest Nagel 1947–1949
6th President J. Barkley Rosser 1950–1952
7th President Willard Van Orman Quine 1953–1955
8th President Stephen Cole Kleene 1956–1958
9th President Frederic Fitch 1959–1961
10th President Leon Henkin 1962–1964
11th President William Craig 1965–1967
12th President Abraham Robinson 1968–1970
13th President Dana Scott 1971–1973
14th President Joseph R. Shoenfield 1974–1976
15th President Hilary Putnam 1977–1979
16th President Solomon Feferman 1980–1982
17th President Ruth Barcan Marcus 1983–1985
18th President Michael Morley 1986–1988
19th President Charles Parsons 1989–1991
20th President Yiannis Moschovakis 1992–1994
21st President George Boolos 1995–1996
22nd President Menachem Magidor 1996–1997
23rd President Donald A. Martin 1998–2000
24th President Richard Shore 2001–2003
25th President Alexander Kechris 2004–2006
26th President Penelope Maddy 2007–2009
27th President Alex Wilkie 2010–2012
28th President Alasdair Urquhart 2013–2015
29th President Ulrich Kohlenbach 2016–2018
30th President Julia Knight 2019–2021


The association periodically presents a number of prizes and awards.[4]
Karp Prize

The Karp Prize is awarded by the association every five years for an outstanding paper or book in the field of symbolic logic. It consists of a cash award and was established in 1973 in memory of Professor Carol Karp. [5]

Year Recipient(s)
2018 Matthias Aschenbrenner, UCLA; Lou van den Dries, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign; Joris van der Hoeven, École Polytechnique
2013 Moti Gitik, Tel Aviv University; Ya'acov Peterzil, University of Haifa; Jonathan Pila, University of Oxford; Sergei Starchenko, University of Notre Dame; Alex Wilkie, University of Manchester
2008 Zlil Sela, Hebrew University
2003 Gregory Hjorth, UCLA and Alexander Kechris, Caltech
1998 Ehud Hrushovski, Hebrew University
1993 Ehud Hrushovski, MIT and Alex Wilkie, Oxford
1988 Donald A. Martin, UCLA; John R. Steel, UCLA; W. Hugh Woodin, University of California, Berkeley
1983 Saharon Shelah, Hebrew University
1978 Robert Vaught, University of California, Berkeley

Sacks Prize

The Sacks Prize is awarded for the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in mathematical logic. It consists of a cash award and was established in 1999 to honor Professor Gerald Sacks of MIT and Harvard.

Recipients include:[6]
Year Recipient(s)
2019 Gabriel Goldberg
2018 Danny Nguyen
2017 Matthew Harrison-Trainor and Sebastien Vasey
2016 William Johnson and Ludovic Patey
2015 Omer Ben-Neria and Martino Lupini
2014 no prize awarded
2013 Artem Chernikov and Nathanaël Mariaule
2012 Pierre Simon
2011 Mingzhong Cai and Adam Day
2010 Uri Andrews
2009 Isaac Goldbring and Grigor Sargsyan
2008 Inessa Epstein and Dilip Raghavan
2007 Adrien Deloro and Wojciech Moczydlowski
2006 Matteo Viale
2005 Antonio Montalbán
2004 Joseph Mileti and Nathan Segerlind
2003 Itay Ben Yaacov
2002 no prize awarded
2001 Matthias Aschenbrenner
2000 Eric Jaligot
1999 Denis Hirschfeldt and Rene Schipperus
1998 no prize awarded
1997 Ilijas Farah and Thomas Scanlon
1996 Byunghan Kim
1995 Slawomir Solecki
1994 Gregory Hjorth
Shoenfield Prize

Inaugurated in 2007, the Shoenfield Prize is awarded every three years in two categories, book and article, recognizing outstanding expository writing in the field of logic and honoring the name of Joseph R. Shoenfield.[7]

Recipients include:
Year Recipient(s)
2016 Rod Downey and Denis Hirschfeldt (book); Lou van den Dries (article)
2013 Stevo Todorčević (book); Itaï Ben Yaacov, Alexander Berenstein, C. Ward Henson, and Alexander Usvyatsov (article)
2010 John T. Baldwin (book); Rod Downey, Denis Hirschfeldt, Andrew Nies, and Sebastiaan Terwijn (article)
2007 John P. Burgess (book); Bohuslav Balcar and Thomas Jech (article)

"Council Members, Committees, and Representatives – Association for Symbolic Logic". Association for Symbolic Logic. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
Gödel Lecturers – Association for Symbolic Logic
Former Officers – Association for Symbolic Logic
"Prizes and Awards – Association for Symbolic Logic". Association of Symbolic Logic. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
Karp Prize Recipients – Association for Symbolic Logic
Sacks Prize Recipients – Association for Symbolic Logic

Shoenfield Prize Recipients – Association for Symbolic Logic

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