**Nigel Hitchin** (University of Oxford)

**Title**: Michael Atiyah: Geometry and Physics

**Abstract**: In mid-career, as an internationally renowned mathematician, Michael Atiyah discovered that some problems in physics responded to current work in algebraic geometry and this set him on a path to develop an active interface between mathematics and physics which was formative in the links which are so active today. The talk will focus, in a fairly basic fashion, on some examples of this interaction, which involved both applying physical ideas to solve mathematical problems and introducing mathematical ideas to physicists.

*Talk chair: Peter Kronheimer*