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Sir Michael Francis Atiyah, OM FRS FRSE FMedSci FAA FREng

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Birthplace: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: January 11, 2019 (89)
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Private and Private
Husband of Lily Atiyah
Father of John Atiyah; Private User and David Atiyah
Brother of Private; Private and Selma Atiyah

Occupation: mathematician
Managed by: Yigal Burstein
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About Sir Michael Francis Atiyah, OM FRS FRSE FMedSci FAA FREng

Sir Michael Francis Atiyah OM FRS FRSE FMedSci FAA FREng (22 April 1929 – 11 January 2019) was a British-Lebanese mathematician specialising in geometry.

Atiyah grew up in Sudan and Egypt but spent most of his academic life in the United Kingdom at University of Oxford and University of Cambridge, and in the United States at the Institute for Advanced Study. He was the President of the Royal Society (1990–1995), founding director of the Isaac Newton Institute (1990–1996), master of Trinity College, Cambridge (1990–1997), chancellor of the University of Leicester (1995–2005), and the President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2005–2008). From 1997 until his death, he was an honorary professor at the University of Edinburgh.

Atiyah's mathematical collaborators included Raoul Bott, Friedrich Hirzebruch and Isadore Singer, and his students included Graeme Segal, Nigel Hitchin and Simon Donaldson. Together with Hirzebruch, he laid the foundations for topological K-theory, an important tool in algebraic topology, which, informally speaking, describes ways in which spaces can be twisted. His best known result, the Atiyah–Singer index theorem, was proved with Singer in 1963 and is used in counting the number of independent solutions to differential equations. Some of his more recent work was inspired by theoretical physics, in particular instantons and monopoles, which are responsible for some subtle corrections in quantum field theory. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 and the Abel Prize in 2004.


Sir Michael Francis Atiyah OM FRS FRSE FMedSci FREng is an English mathematician specialising in geometry.

Atiyah grew up in Sudan and Egypt and spent most of his academic life in the United Kingdom at Oxford and Cambridge, and in the United States at the Institute for Advanced Study. He has been 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). Since 1997, he has been an honorary professor at the University of Edinburgh.

Atiyah's mathematical collaborators include Raoul Bott, Friedrich Hirzebruch and Isadore Singer, and his students include Graeme Segal, Nigel Hitchin and Simon Donaldson. Together with Hirzebruch, he laid the foundations for topological K-theory, an important tool in algebraic topology, which, informally speaking, describes ways in which spaces can be twisted. His best known result, the Atiyah–Singer index theorem, was proved with Singer in 1963 and is widely used in counting the number of independent solutions to differential equations. Some of his more recent work was inspired by theoretical physics, in particular instantons and monopoles, which are responsible for some subtle corrections in quantum field theory. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966, the Copley Medal in 1988, and the Abel Prize in 2004.

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Sir Michael Francis Atiyah, OM FRS FRSE FMedSci FAA FREng's Timeline

1929
April 22, 1929
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
2019
January 11, 2019
Age 89
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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