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Sir Michael Atiyah

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Michael Atiyah in 2007
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Michael Francis Atiyah

(1929-04-22)22 April 1929
Hampstead, London, England
Died 11 January 2019(2019-01-11) (aged 89)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Nationality British
Known for Atiyah–Singer index theorem
Atiyah–Segal completion theorem
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge (BA, PhD)
Scientific career
Thesis Some Applications of Topological Methods in Algebraic Geometry (1955)
Doctoral advisor W. V. D. Hodge
Doctoral students
  • Simon Donaldson
  • K. David Elworthy
  • Nigel Hitchin
  • Lisa Jeffrey
  • Frances Kirwan
  • Peter Kronheimer
  • Ruth Lawrence
  • George Lusztig
  • Ian R. Porteous
  • Graeme Segal
  • David O. Tall
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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