Sir Michael Francis Atiyah

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Sir Michael Francis Atiyah

by Nick Sinclair
bromide print, 1993
12 1/2 in. x 12 1/2 in. (318 mm x 318 mm)
Commissioned jointly with The Royal Society, with help from Cable & Wireless, 1994
Primary Collection
NPG P564(1)

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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.

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  • Nick Sinclair (1963-), Photographer. Artist or producer of 149 portraits.

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Current affairs

The Conservative Party is attacked in the media for 'sleaze'. Two MP's resign over sex scandals, two over the 'cash-for-questions affair', and one dies in bizarre and embarrassing circumstances. Journalist Max Clifford was responsible for exposing many of the scandals.
Black teenager Stephen Lawrence is murdered in a racist attack by a gang of white youths.

Art and science

Rachel Whiteread wins the Turner Prize for her sculpture House; a concrete cast of the inside of a Victorian terraced house in East London. Controversy was caused by the work itself, by it winning the Turner Prize, and by the decision of Tower Hamlets council to demolish the sculpture.
British inventor James Dyson revolutionises the vacuum cleaner with his eponymous design.

International

Czechoslovakia is divided into two countries: the Slovak Republic (Slovakia) and the Czech Republic. The division was peaceful and democratic and so became known as the 'Velvet Divorce', recalling the 'Velvet Revolution' of 1989 by which Communism in Czechoslovakia was overthrown through peaceful mass demonstrations.

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