Math­e­ma­ti­cian Michael Atiyah passes away

Hindustan Times (Noida) - - HTWORLD -

Michael Atiyah, one of the fore­most math­e­ma­ti­cians whose work en­com­passed topol­ogy and ge­om­e­try, and who worked with sev­eral In­dian math­e­ma­ti­cians dur­ing his ca­reer, has passed away aged 89.

Atiyah, who was based at Ox­ford, Cam­bridge and sev­eral other uni­ver­si­ties, is best known for his con­tri­bu­tion to a branch of math­e­mat­ics called topo­log­i­cal K-the­ory and the Atiyah-singer in­dex the­o­rem.

Venki Ra­makr­ish­nan, pres­i­dent of the Royal So­ci­ety, said of Atiyah, who held the post be­tween 1990 and 1995: “He was a true in­ter­na­tion­al­ist and a fer­vent sup­porter for in­vest­ing in tal­ent – themes which res­onate very clearly to­day.”

Atiyah, who vis­ited Ben­galuru sev­eral times, worked with In­dian-amer­i­can math­e­ma­ti­cian Har­ish-chan­dra and Vi­jay Ku­mar Pa­todi. Atiyah was the chan­cel­lor of the Uni­ver­sity of Le­ices­ter.

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