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Sir Michael Francis Atiyah (b.1929), OM, FRS, HonFRSE

© the artist. Photo credit: The Royal Society of Edinburgh

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One of the world's greatest mathematicians, Sir Michael Atiyah has had a profound and beneficial effect on the development of mathematics and science, both in the UK and in Europe. One of the pioneers of K-theory, he was knighted in 1983 and received the Order of Merit in 1993. He was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and served as President of the Royal Society of London. During his Presidency of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Sir Michael was the driving force behind the commissioning of the James Clerk Maxwell statue, which now stands at the east end of George Street.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh





oil on canvas


H 109 x W 94 cm

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commissioned by the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Council, 2007

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