Simon Donaldson, Simons Centre. Professor Donaldson became internationally famous with his 1983 D. Phil. thesis "The Yang-Mills equations over Kahler manifolds," which proved stunning new results about distinguishing differentiable structures on four-manifolds. This seminal work revolutionized the approach to geometry in dimension four, and led to his receiving the Fields Medal in 1986 (before he reached the age of 30) at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berkeley. Through articles, books, and over 40 thesis students, he has influenced complex and symplectic geometry, in particular with recent work on Kahler metrics on manifolds, the topic of his Brauer Lectures.
A student of Sir Michael Atiyah and Nigel Hitchin, Donaldson became the Wallis Professor of Mathematics at Oxford in 1985. He later held professorships at Stanford University and Imperial College, London, and has been at the Simons Centre since January 2014. Besides his Fields Medal, Donaldson has among other honors won or shared the Crafoord Prize, Polya Prize, King Faisal Prize, and Shaw Prize. A Fellow of the Royal Society since 1986, he is also a Foreign Associate Member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the French Acad'emie des Sciences. In 2012 his career was recognized with a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth. Donaldson is a longtime editor for the Journal of Differential Geometry and the Duke Mathematical Journal.
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