Sir Michael Atiyah celebrates his 80th birthday

ICMS had the great pleasure of hosting the workshop Geometry and Physics: Atiyah80 from 20-22 April in celebration of  the 80th birthday of Sir Michael Atiyah, OM, FRS, FRSE which took place on 22 April.

The workshop delegates on 22 April 2009. Sir Michael Atiyah is in the front row, fourth from the right. To his left in the blue sweater is Peter Higgs, who is also the subject of the painting in the background. (photographer: Thomas Koeppe)

The workshop delegates on 22 April 2009. Sir Michael Atiyah is in the front row, fourth from the right. To his left in the blue sweater is Peter Higgs, who is also the subject of the painting in the background. (photographer: Thomas Koeppe)

Around one hundred and sixty of Sir Michael’s collaborators, former students and colleagues gathered for three days of academic presentations and discussions focused on the outcomes of his wide ranging mathematical career.

One highlight of the meeting was the talk on 21 April by Mike Hopkins of Harvard University on the Hill-Hopkins-Ravenel solution of the Kervaire invariant one problem. If you want to follow this up then following resources are among those available:

The Tuesday evening saw a public event at the Royal Society of Edinburgh with Sir Michael, Peter Higgs, Edward Witten and David Saxon discussing the Higgs boson in theory and experiment. The public interest was overwhelming.  The Society filled both its lecture theatre and a further meeting room with video feed with an audience of around 300 people.

Sir Michael’s birthday and surrounding events also attracted interest from the press resulting in articles in:

For more information about the workshop and about Sir Michael Atiyah please visit:
Geometry and Physics: Atiyah80 ICMS workshop page
Atiyah80 by Andrew Ranicki

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