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Michael Atiyah

AKA Michael Francis Atiyah

Born: 22-Apr-1929
Birthplace: London, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Mathematician

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Atiyah-Singer index theorem

Military service: Royal Army (1947-49)

British geometer Michael Atiyah is known for his work in advanced algebra and topology, including the theory of complex manifolds, superstring theory in mathematical physics, and Yang-Mills equations and gauge theory. In collaboration with American mathematician Isadore Singer, he developed the Atiyah-Singer index theorem, which concerns the existence and singularity of solutions to linear partial differential equations of elliptic type.

Father: Edward Atiyah
Mother: Jean Atiyah
Wife: Lily Brown Atiyah (m. 1955)

    High School: Victoria College, Cairo, Egypt (attended)
    High School: Victoria College, Alexandria, Egypt (attended)
    High School: Manchester Grammar School, Manchester, England
    University: BA, Cambridge University
    University: MA, Cambridge University
    University: PhD, Cambridge University (1955)
    Teacher: Geometry, Cambridge University (1956-61)
    Professor: Geometry, Oxford University (1961-69, 1972-)
    Administrator: Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University (1990-2005)
    Administrator: Director, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences,, Cambridge University (1990-96)
    Administrator: Chancellor, University of Leicester (1995-2005)

    Abel Prize 2004 (with Isadore Singer)
    Accademia dei Lincei
    Order of Merit 1992
    Copley Medal 1988
    King Faisal International Prize for Science 1987
    Knight of the British Empire 1983
    Feltrinelli Prize 1981
    De Morgan Medal 1980
    Royal Medal 1968
    Fields Medal 1966
    Berwick Prize 1961
    London Mathematical Society President (1974-76)
    Royal Society President (1990-95)
    Royal Society of Edinburgh President (2005-)
    Institute for Advanced Study (1955-56 and 1969-72)
    Lebanese Ancestry Paternal
    Scottish Ancestry Maternal

Author of books:
K-Theory (1967, with I.G. Macdonald)
Introduction to Commutative Algebra (1969)
Elliptic Operators and Compact Groups (1974)
Geometry of Yang-Mills Fields (1979, with Nigel Hitchin)
The Geometry and Dynamics of Magnetic Monopoles (1988)
Collected Works of Michael Francis Atiyah (1988, five volumes)
The Geometry and Physics of Knots (1990)


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