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Sir Michael Atiyah



Michael Atiyah in 2007


Personal details  
Born 
Michael Francis Atiyah
22 April 1929 Hampstead, London, England 
Died  11 January 2019 Edinburgh, Scotland 
(aged 89)
Nationality  British 
Known for  Atiyah–Singer index theorem Atiyah–Segal completion theorem 
Awards 

Education 

Alma mater  Trinity College, Cambridge (BA, PhD) 
Scientific career  
Institutions  
Thesis  Some Applications of Topological Methods in Algebraic Geometry (1955) 
Doctoral advisor  W. V. D. Hodge 
Doctoral students 

Other notable students  Edward Witten 
Sir Michael Francis Atiyah OM FRS FRSE FMedSci FREng ( 22 April 1929 – 11 January 2019) was an English mathematician specialising in geometry. 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.
Atiyah died on 11 January 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland at the age of 89.
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A Möbius band is the simplest nontrivial example of a vector bundle.

Isadore Singer (in 1977), who worked with Atiyah on index theory

Edward Witten, whose work on invariants of manifolds and topological quantum field theories was influenced by Atiyah

The premises of the Royal Society, where Atiyah was president from 1990 to 1995