# Simon Donaldson

*Simon Kirwan Donaldson* (1957 - ) British mathematician, perhaps famous for his work on the topology of smooth four-dimensional manifolds published when he was still a graduate student.

Earning a bachelor’s in mathematics from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1979, Donaldson began postgraduate work at Worcester College, Oxford, in 1980. In 1983 he published the famous paper ”Self-dual connections and the topology of smooth 4-manifolds” which appeared in 1983 (the same year he got a doctorate degree from Oxford). Michael Atiyah said that that paper ”stunned the mathematical world.” In 1986, Donaldson was awarded the Fields medal, and almost a decade later, he was awarded the Crafoord Prize in mathematics with Shing-Tung Yau.

Title | Simon Donaldson |
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Date of creation | 2013-03-22 16:21:29 |

Last modified on | 2013-03-22 16:21:29 |

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Synonym | Simon Kirwan Donaldson |