Person: Donaldson, Simon Kirwan
Simon Donaldson is an English mathematician who received a Fields Medal for his work on 4 dimensional manifolds.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- In 1980 Donaldson began postgraduate work at Worcester College, Oxford, first under Nigel Hitchen's supervision and later under Atiyah's supervision.
- This result was published by Donaldson in a paper Self-dual connections and the topology of smooth 4-manifolds which appeared in the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society in 1983.
- Donaldson has received many honours for his work.
- In 1991 Donaldson received the William Hopkins Prize from the Cambridge Philosophical Society and, the following year, the Royal Medal from the Royal Society.
- Slowly the message has gotten across and now Donaldson's ideas are beginning to be used by others in a variety of ways.
- Donaldson has opened up an entirely new area; unexpected and mysterious phenomena about the geometry of 4-dimensions have been discovered.
- Donaldson was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2000.
- In 2009 Donaldson, together with Clifford H Taubes, was awarded the Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences.
- Donaldson was knighted in 2012.
Born 20 August 1957, Cambridge, England.
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Tags relevant for this person:
Prize Fields Medal, Origin England, Prize Shaw, Topology
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive