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French honour for maths innovator

Edinburgh Honorary Professor, Sir Michael Atiyah, has received France’s highest honour.

In a ceremony in London, Sir Michael was presented with the insignia of Grand Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by His Excellency Bernard Emié, French Ambassador to the UK.

The distinction - the highest recognition awarded by the French Republic - honours Sir Michael’s achievements in mathematics and his work to bring French and British mathematicians closer together.

Such an eminent figure, such a great scientific mind, fully deserves such recognition by France.

His Excellency Bernard EmiéFrench Ambassador to the UK

Professor Sir Michael Atiyah

Professor Sir Michael Atiyah is one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th century.

Throughout his career he has been the recipient of multiple awards including two of the most important prizes in his field.

He won the Fields Medal in 1966, and was jointly awarded the Abel Prize in 2004 with his collaborator Professor Isadore Singer.

Their Atiyah-Singer index theorem is one of the landmark discoveries in mathematics.