### The Michael and Lily Atiyah Portrait Gallery

#### Posted by Simon Willerton

A new portrait gallery opened this week in the James Clark Maxwell Building which houses the Edinburgh University maths department. It consists of seventy portraits of mathematicians selected, as the name suggests, by Michael and Lily Atiyah.

Due to the magic of the internet, you do not have to travel to Edinburgh to see the exhibition as Andrew Ranicki, who helped organise the gallery, has made it available on his website.

The commentaries on each of the photographs give interesting personal insights of the Atiyahs. I’d definitely recommend that you younger mathematicians out there give them a read.

Posted at April 24, 2013 8:07 AM UTC
## Re: The Michael and Lily Atiyah Portrait Gallery

I’ll mention one of the commentaries which struck a chord with me and that is the description of Bott as “everyone’s favourite geometer”. I was lucky enough to meet Bott once over coffee, not long before his death and he was strikingly warm and charming towards me even though I was just a random mathematician who turned up at the café.