The Atiyah portrait, commissioned in 2007 by the Royal Society of Edinburgh from the artist Juliet Wood (who retains copyright of the image).

The 80th birthday on 22nd April, 2009, of Sir Michael Atiyah was celebrated with the Atiyah80: Geometry and Physics conference organised by ICMS at the Informatics Forum of the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, April 20–22, and a sequence of events Science, Politics and Drama at the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Lyceum Theatre, April 23–24.

About Sir Michael Atiyah:
Wikipedia entry,
MacTutor entry,
Celebratio entry of Michael Atiyah.
Celebratio interview with Lily Atiyah.

Michael and Lily Atiyah Portrait Gallery
James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings, University of Edinburgh, opened 22nd April 2013

Mathematical ancestors and descendants.

Publication list.

- ICMS Conference website.
Thanks to the University of Edinburgh,
EPSRC, LMS,
EMS, NSF, the
Clay Mathematics Institute and

Trinity College, Cambridge for their support. - Conference poster.
- Conference group photo, taken by Thomas
Koeppe on 22 April 2009 in the foyer of the Informatics Forum.

*How many Higgs events can you observe?*

A partially tagged Facebook version of the photo: tags only visible if logged-in to Facebook. - A selection of the drawings made at the conference by Fionna Carlisle.
- The cover of the April 2010 special Atiyah-Singer issue of the Pure and Applied Mathematics Quarterly features a photo of Atiyah and Singer taken by Thomas Koeppe at Atiyah80.
- Conference cake baked by Ida Thompson.
*Enjoy eating the pants off the cake for the next few weeks!*(MFA).

The Atiyah75 cake with a proof of the Atiyah-Singer index theorem designed by John Roe and baked by Ida Thompson on 22 April 2004. Sir Michael did not want the proof regarded as a piece of cake. The cake design has made it into a lecture by Mathai Vargese. - Conference wine label.
- Conference gift.
- Atiyah80 photo album.
- Atiyah80plus. A one-day conference for postgrads and postdocs held at ICMS on 23 April 2009, organized by Edinburgh graduate students in geometry/topology/mathematical physics. Thanks to the Roberts Fund for its support.

- Story in The Herald (April 20, 2009).

The headline*World’s great minds gather to celebrate Atiyah’s birthday*was very popular with all conference participants. - Story in The Times (April 22, 2009)
- Story in Edinburgh Evening News (April 22, 2009)
- University of Edinburgh news item, including YouTube.
- ICMS newsletter item

- Edward Witten (IAS, Princeton and CERN),
Nahm's equations, the Bogomolny equation, and an application to Geometric Langlands.

Slides. Paper.

Witten lecturing in Oxford (1988) (Painting by Sally Oswald). - Nigel Hitchin (University of Oxford), Hyperbolic monopoles and rational normal curves. Slides.
- Tom Bridgeland (University of Sheffield) Counting invariants and wall-crossing. Slides.
- Frances Kirwan (University of Oxford). Geometric invariant theory for non-reductive group actions and applications via jet differentials. Slides.
- Mike Hopkins (Harvard University) Applications of algebra to a problem in topology. Slides.
- Graeme Segal (University of Oxford) Noncommutative geometry and quantum field theory
- Dusa McDuff (Stony Brook/Barnard) Symplectic embeddings of 4-dimensional ellipsoids. Slides.
- Paul Seidel (MIT) Homological mirror symmetry for the genus two surface
- Cumrun Vafa (Harvard University) Strings and the geometry of particle physics. Slides.
- Simon Donaldson (Imperial College London) Kähler-Einstein metrics and geometric quantisation
- Robert Dijkgraaf (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) Topological strings and quantum curves
- Fritz Hirzebruch (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn)
Reminiscences of the Fifties.

Scans and transcription of the 1957-1959 Atiyah/Hirzebruch letters which were displayed in the lecture.

Thanks to the Video Production Unit of University of Edinburgh Communications and Marketing for producing the videos, and to the Edinburgh Mathematical Physics Group for hosting the videos.

The Kervaire
invariant of a `4k+2`-dimensional framed differentiable
manifold `M` is the Arf
invariant `Arf(q) ∈ {0,1}`
of the quadratic form `q` on `H ^{2k+1}(M;Z_{2})`
determined by the framing.
(The Arf invariant is worth 10 Turkish Lira).
The original 1963 formulation of the
Kervaire invariant problem: for which dimensions

Doomsday Theorem (Hill-Hopkins-Ravenel).
For `n` ≠ 126 there exists an
`n`-dimensional framed differentiable manifold with
Kervaire invariant 1 if and only if `n`
∈ {2,6,14,30,62}.

News of the solution sparked discussions on the blogs
Not
even wrong, `n`-Category Café and a story in
Nature. Peter Woit’s Not even
wrong entry after the Singer85 MIT
conference 22–24 May: Of the conference talks I managed to get
to, probably the best was that of Mike Hopkins, who gave a blackboard
talk about the Kervaire invariant problem. This one was a lot more
accessible than his talk last month at the Atiyah80 conference, where
he unveiled his dramatic new results with Hill and Ravenel. In the
MIT talk, Hopkins concentrated on explaining the background and
significance of the problem, as well as giving some of the philosophy
of the proof, which uses what he describes as a ‘designer’ cohomology
theory.

See Andrew Ranicki’s slides on Michel Kervaire’s work in surgery and knot theory, for two lectures at the Kervaire Memorial Symposium, Geneva, 10–13 February, 2009, with an addendum Exotic spheres and the Kervaire invariant.

The Kervaire wing of Doug Ravenel's homepage has much more material about the Kervaire invariant one problem.

The Harvard-MIT Summer Seminar on the Kervaire Invariant.

Mathematicians solve 45-year-old Kervaire invariant puzzle (Story on the Simons Foundation website).

On the non-existence of elements
of Kervaire invariant one by M.A.Hill, M.J.Hopkins, D.C.Ravenel.

Arxiv preprint posted on 26th August, 2009.

On 21 April Sir Michael Atiyah chaired a panel discussion at the
RSE on The
Higgs boson: what, why, how?, with Peter Higgs, David Saxon and Edward Witten.

Summary report,

Audio
and slides of the discussion. The slides of Witten’s presentation, and the
slides of Saxon’s presentation.
The Atiyah80 photo album has photos from the panel discussion,
including
Peter Higgs blessing the RSE congregation. The 80th birthday of Peter Higgs on
29th May was celebrated by a reception at the Informatics Forum on 10th June.
The birthday cake illustrated the
Higgs mechanism.

- Royal Society of Edinburgh event.
- Science, Politics and Drama programme.
- Science, Politics and Drama booklet.
- The Strangest Dream: film about Sir Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash disarmament movement, of which Sir Michael was President 1997-2002. Annals of Pugwash (ed. J.Rotblat)
- The Royal Lyceum production of Copenhagen by Michael Frayn.
- The EMPG blog entry by José Figueroa-O’Farrill.
- Operation Epsilon (Wikipedia article).
- Farm Hall transcripts (Reading, mp3 file).
- Drama of Nuclear Weapons (Panel discussion, mp3 file).

Posters of Sir Michael’s life, which were displayed at Atiyah80 in Edinburgh, were made by Sebastia Xambo for the award to Sir Michael of an honorary degree in UPC Barcelona in April 2008.

- MacTutor biography.
- Mathematical ancestors.
- Mathematical descendants.
- Photos.
- Harvard memorial website.
- Video
of the lecture given by Sir Michael at the Bott memorial meeting, Harvard, 29 January,
2006.

Again, thanks to the Edinburgh Mathematical Physics Group for hosting the video. - Working with Raoul Bott: From Geometry to Physics article by Sir Michael in A Celebration of the Mathematical Legacy of Raoul Bott (ed. R.Kotiuga), CRM Proceedings & Lecture Notes 50, pp. 51--61 (2010)

- Sir William Hodge, 1903--1975 Sir Michael's presentation at the Hodge Centenary Conference, Edinburgh, 2003. Hodge was Atiyah's Ph.D. supervisor at Cambridge.
- Web of Stories. Interview with Sir Michael (c. 1995, interviewer = N.Hitchin).
- Benjamin Franklin and the Edinburgh Enlightenment, Proc. American Philosophical Society 150, 591-606 (2006)
- Atiyah & friends at the Bonn Arbeitstagung. (2009 photo with Hirzebruch in Munich)
- Introduction by Hirzebruch to lecture by Sir Michael in Munich, March, 2009.
- Michael Atiyah - The Physicist's Mathematician (story on the Simons Foundation website).
- 80th birthday speech at Trinity College, Cambridge, May 2009.
- Lessons from the Scottish Enlightenment Biennial Lecture of the Faculty of Actuaries, Edinburgh, November 2009.
- A panoramic view of mathematics

Video of lecture at the*Young Researchers in Mathematics*Conference, Cambridge, 26 March 2010. - Grande Medaille of the French Academie des Sciences (22 June 2010). There is a picture of the medal here. Edinburgh Evening News (29.6.2010). Edinburgh University website
- On families of self adjoint operators 1987 Oxford paper by Ruth Lawrence.

MFA comments:*Ruth's approach, through perturbation theory, as used by physicists, brings out clearly the correspondence between the analysis and the topology. The successive terms in the perturbation expansion correspond to small quadratic forms associated with the Jordan blocks. Farber and Levine ("Jumps of the η-invariant", Mathematische Zeitschrift 223, 197-246 (1996)) do not delve so deeply into things, but in their approach these quadratic forms appear as terms in the spectral sequence. Clarifying all this might be a good exercise for a grad.student.*(August, 2010) - Sir Michael's 2008/9 Edinburgh Lectures on Geometry, Analysis and Physics Notes by Thomas Köppe. (September 2010)
- Geometry and algebra Spitalfields Day at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 17 September 2010, which included the award of an RSE Honorary Fellowship to F. Hirzebruch. ReSourcE report. Photo album. Slides of lectures by Atiyah, Hirzebruch and Ranicki.
- Following on from her sketches at the Atiyah80 meeting, Fionna Carlisle was commissioned in 2010 to make two double drawings of Michael Atiyah and Fritz Hirzebruch by a group of their friends and admirers. The Edinburgh drawing was presented to the School of Mathematics, and the Bonn drawing was presented to the Max Planck Institute (May/June 2011).
- Sir Michael is appointed to the Legion d'honneur (July 2011)
- Interview of Sir Michael by Nigel Hitchin and Rob Kirby, at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, 7 November, 2011
- Mod 2 indices Slides of lecture at Heilbronn Conference Celebration of the 70th birthday of Elmer Rees, 20-21 April, 2012
- Topology: Mathematics, a beautiful elsewhere Discussion with Cedric Villani, Tate Modern Art Gallery, London, 2 June 2012
- Sir Michael is a member of the Order of Merit. He regularly attends the Annual Service and Lunch, most recently on 14th May 2013. Photo and video
- Advice to a Young Mathematician Video of lecture at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (24th September 2013)
- Interview with John D. Cook (24th September, 2013)
- Selbstzweifel eines Genies, by George Szpiro, Neue Züricher Zeitung (1st December, 2013)
- The experience of mathematical beauty and its neural correlates Joint paper with S.Zeki, J.P.Romaya and D.M.T.Benincasa (Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13th February 2014).
- Unlocking the startling truth about beautiful mathematical minds by Magnus Linklater (The Times, 29th March 2014)
- The Impact of Physics on Mathematics: Past, Present and Future, Video of lecture given by video-conference to the British Mathematical Colloquium, QMU, London (8th April, 2014)
- Atiyah85 Conference in Oxford to celebrate Sir Michael's 85th birthday on 22nd April, 2014
- Publication of Volume 7 of the Collected Works (22nd April, 2014)
- Reflections on time in Oxford: interview with Paul Tod (22nd April 2014)
- "'Yes' vote will free us from nuclear reliance" (The Times, 10th July 2014)
- Atiyah adds voice to Yes campaign over Trident by Magnus Linklater (The Times, 10th July 2014)
- Im Zweifel für die Schönheit by George Szpiro (Neue Züricher Zeitung, 1.10.2014)
- The Beauty of Mathematics Lecture to University of Edinburgh mathematics students (6th November, 2014)
- Clerk Maxwell's Influence on Mathematics, Video of lecture at the Royal Society of Edinburgh meeting Inspiring Brillance: Celebrating Maxwell's Genius and Legacy (9th November, 2015)
- The Role of Beauty in Mathematics, Video of lecture at the Royal Society of Edinburgh meeting The Science of Beauty (10-11th November, 2015)
- Geometry and Physics, Video of lecture at the University of Edinburgh (7th December, 2015)
- Biology, logic and imagination, Video of lecture at the University of Edinburgh (7th December, 2015)
- Michael Atiyah's imaginative state of mind, by Siobhan Roberts, QUANTA Magazine (March, 2016)