Leonidas Alaoglu Memorial Lecture
in Mathematics

Wednesday, January 31, 2001
4:15 p.m.
22 Gates (please note change of venue)


Honorary Professor
University of Edinburgh

will deliver the

Leonidas Alaoglu Memorial Lecture

Solitons Symmetry and Fullerenes


Michael Atiyah received both his BA and Ph. D. (1955) from Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He held postdoctoral appointments at Cambridge and the Institute for Advanced Study. He arrived in Oxford in 1961 as a Reader and then from 1963 to 1969 held the Savilian Chair of Geometry. He spent three years as professor at the Institute for Advanced Study before returning to Oxford as the Royal Society Research Professor. In 1990 he became Master of Trinity College and the first Director of the Newton Institute for Mathematical Studies in Cambridge, retiring from these positions in 1997 and 1996, respectively. He is currently an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh.

Atiyah has made many outstanding and fundamental mathematical contributions, especially in areas involving interactions between geometry, topology and analysis. In collaboration with Hirzebruch, he pioneered the development of K-theory, which is now crucial to the solution of many important mathematical problems. His celebrated "index theorem" with Singer led to new connections in differential geometry, topology and analysis. It has become an important tool in theoretical physics. Many of the great results in 4-manifold geometry rely on mathematical theories in which he made foundational contributions. He has been very influential in bringing the ideas of theoretical physicists to the attention of mathematicians and vice versa.

For these and other contributions he received numerous awards including the Fields Medal (1966), Royal Medal (1968), De Morgan Medal (1980), King Faisal Prize (1987), and the Copley Medal (1988). He was Knighted in 1983 and made member of the Order of Merit in 1992. He has been elected to the national academies of at least 10 nations and received honorary degrees from more than 25 universities.

Professor Atiyah served as President of the London Mathematical Society (1974-1976) and President of the Royal Society (1990-1995). Since 1997 he has been President of the Pugwash Conferences, an international organization dedicated to "reducing the danger of armed conflict and seeking cooperative solutions for global problems."

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The Leonidas Alaoglu Memorial Lecture was established by friends and family of the late Leonidas Alaoglu in recognition of his great talents, distinguished contributions to mathematics, and long friendship with Caltech. The Institute is privileged to honor his memory with a lecture each year by an outstanding mathematician.


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