The Unity of Mathematics: A Conference in honour of Sir Michael Atiyah

17 May 2021, by ablahatherell in Sponsored events

21 – 23 September 2021

Sir Michael Atiyah (1929 – 2019) was the dominant figure in UK mathematics for many decades.  Amongst his many distinguished positions, he was the founding Director of the Isaac Newton Institute (1990 – 1996). He was also President of the London Mathematical Society (1974 – 1976). In his Presidential Address “The Unity of Mathematics”,  delivered on 19 November 1976,  he remarked:   “The aspect of mathematics which fascinates me most is the rich interaction between its different branches, the unexpected links, the surprises…”. Those who knew him will know that this fascination was an ongoing theme throughout his life.

It is anticipated that registration will open in late spring. Due to the pandemic, there is some likelihood that the event will not be able to run as a fully face-to-face meeting. It is the intention of the organisers that, in this case, it will take place as either a hybrid event, with both face-to-face and online participants or, in an extreme situation, a fully virtual meeting. The situation will be reviewed regularly with a final decision made nearer the time.


José Figueroa-O’Farrill (Edinburgh, Lead)
Laura Schaposnik (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Caroline Series (Warwick and LMS President 2017-19)
Ivan Smith (Cambridge)
Paul Sutcliffe (Durham)
Henry Wilton (Cambridge)   

More information on the conference website.