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A tribute to former President of the Royal Society Sir Michael Atiyah OM FRS (1929 - 2019)

11 January 2019

Sir Michael Atiyah OM HonFREng FRS has passed away today aged 89. First elected in 1962, he was President of the Royal Society between 1990 and 1995.

Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, says:

“Sir Michael Atiyah was a great mathematician who was known for his contributions in the areas of geometry and topology. For his work, he received many awards, notably the Fields Medal, Abel Prize and the Royal Society’s highest accolade, the Copley Medal. He was also a wonderful person who, as President of the Royal Society, showed that he was a true internationalist and a fervent supporter for investing in talent – themes which resonate very clearly today.”

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