Image copyright Joe Atiyah One of the world’s foremost mathematicians, Prof Sir Michael Atiyah, has died at the age of 89.
‘True internationalist’Sir Michael was also a former president of the Royal Society, which is one of the highest honours a UK scientist can receive.
“Sir Michael Atiyah was also a wonderful person who, as president of the Royal Society, showed that he was a true internationalist and a fervent supporter for investing in talent,” he added.
He was also an occasional poet – a talent which was highlighted by Prof Robbert Dijkgraaf, the director of the Institute of Advanced Studies in New Jersey, where Sir Michael once worked on the research centre’s website.
“Sir Michael Atiyah was a dear mentor, friend, and role model, unmatched in intellect and energy,” he said.
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