Nigel Hitchin
Nigel Hitchin  

Nigel Hitchin, 2004


Born  Holbrook, Derbyshire, England 
2 August 1946
Nationality  United Kingdom 
Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions  University of Oxford, University of Warwick 
Alma mater  Jesus College and Wolfson College, Oxford 
Doctoral advisor  Brian Steer Michael Atiyah 
Doctoral students  Simon Donaldson Tamás Hausel Jacques Hurtubise^{[1]} 
Known for  Higgs bundle Hitchin functional Hitchin–Thorpe inequality Nahm–Hitchin description of monopoles Generalized complex structure 
Notable awards  Whitehead Prize (1981) Senior Berwick Prize (1990) Sylvester Medal (2000) Pólya Prize (2002) 
Nigel James Hitchin FRS (b. 2 August 1946) is a British mathematician working in the fields of differential geometry, algebraic geometry, and mathematical physics.
Academic career
Hitchin attended Ecclesbourne School, Duffield, and earned his BA in mathematics from Jesus College, Oxford, in 1968.^{[2]} After moving to Wolfson College, he received his D.Phil. in 1972. In 1997 he was appointed to the Savilian Chair of Geometry at Oxford University, a position previously held by his doctoral supervisor (and later research collaborator) Sir Michael Atiyah.
Amongst his notable discoveries are the Hitchin integrable system, the Hitchin–Thorpe inequality, Hitchin's projectively flat connection over Teichmüller space, Hitchin's selfduality equations, the Atiyah–Hitchin monopole metric, the Atiyah–Hitchin–Singer theorem, the ADHM construction of instantons (of Atiyah, Drinfeld, Hitchin, and Manin), and the Hyperkähler quotient (of Hitchin, Karlhede, Lindström and Rocek).
In his article^{[3]} on generalized Calabi–Yau manifolds, he introduced the notion of generalized complex manifolds, providing a single structure that incorporates, as examples, Poisson manifolds, symplectic manifolds and complex manifolds. These have found wide applications as the geometries of flux compactifications in string theory and also in topological string theory.
He conjectured the Kobayashi–Hitchin correspondence.
In the span of his career, Hitchin has supervised nearly thirty research students, including Simon Donaldson (partsupervised with Atiyah).
NIgel Hitchin is managing editor of the journal Mathematische Annalen.
Honours and awards
In 1991 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.^{[4]}
In 2003 he was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) from the University of Bath.
Hitchin was elected as an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College in 1998,^{[2]} and the Senior Berwick Prize (1990), the Sylvester Medal (2000) and the Pólya Prize (2002) have been awarded to him in honour of his farreaching work. A conference was held in honour of his 60th birthday, in conjunction with the 2006 International Congress of Mathematicians in Spain.
In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.^{[5]}
In 2014 he was awarded another Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) from the University of Warwick.
References
 ↑ Nigel James Hitchin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
 ↑ ^{2.0} ^{2.1} Fellows' News, Jesus College Record (1998/9) (p.12)
 ↑ Hitchin, Nigel (2003), "Generalized Calabi–Yau manifolds", Quarterly Journal of Mathematics, 54 (3): 281–308, arXiv:math/0209099v1 , doi:10.1093/qmath/hag025
 ↑ "fellows". Royal Society. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
 ↑ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 20130121.
External links
 1946 births
 Living people
 People from Derbyshire
 20thcentury mathematicians
 21stcentury mathematicians
 English mathematicians
 Differential geometers
 Alumni of Jesus College, Oxford
 Alumni of Wolfson College, Oxford
 Savilian Professors of Geometry
 Whitehead Prize winners
 Fellows of the Royal Society
 Fellows of the American Mathematical Society
 Academics of the University of Cambridge
 Academics of the University of Warwick