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Sir Michael Francis Atiyah

(1929-2019), Mathematician; Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge

Sitter in 3 portraits
Mathematician. Atiyah spent most of his academic career at Cambridge, Oxford and Princeton. Positions he held included President of the Royal Society (1990-95), Chancellor of the University of Leicester (1995-2005), and President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2005-8). Atiyah was best known for the Atiyah-Singer index theorem, proved with Isadore Singer in 1963, for which they were awarded the Abel prize in 2004. Atiyah was knighted in 1983, and made a member of the Order of Merit in 1992.

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