Michael Atiyah

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Sir Michael Atiyah

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Michael Atiyah in 2007
Personal details
Michael Francis Atiyah

(1929-04-22)22 April 1929
Hampstead, London, England
Died11 January 2019(2019-01-11) (aged 89)
ResidenceUnited Kingdom
Known forAtiyah–Singer index theorem
Atiyah–Segal completion theorem
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge (BA, PhD)
Scientific career
ThesisSome Applications of Topological Methods in Algebraic Geometry (1955)
Doctoral advisorW. V. D. Hodge
Doctoral students
Other notable studentsEdward Witten

Sir Michael Francis Atiyah OM FRS FRSE FMedSci FREng[2] (/əˈtə/; 22 April 1929 – 11 January 2019) was an English mathematician specialising in geometry.[3] He won the Fields Medal in 1966 and the Abel Prize in 2004.

He was president of the Royal Society (1990–1995), master of Trinity College, Cambridge (1990–1997), chancellor of the University of Leicester (1995–2005), and president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2005–2008). From 1997 until his death, he was an honorary professor at the University of Edinburgh.[4]

Atiyah died on 11 January 2019 at the age of 89.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hitchin, Nigel J. (1972). "Differentiable manifolds : the space of harmonic spinors". bodleian.ox.ac.uk. University of Oxford. OCLC 500473357. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.459281.
  2. "List of Fellows".
  3. O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Michael Atiyah", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
  4. "Atiyah's CV" (PDF).
  5. A tribute to former President of the Royal Society Sir Michael Atiyah OM FRS (1929 - 2019)

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