##### BIO

Emeritus Savilian Professor of Geometry in the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University, his main research areas are differential and algebraic geometry and its links to theoretical physics. Among his notable discoveries is the Hitchin integrable system. He also has a formal collaboration with the Geometry Group at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT) in Madrid through the Donaldson-Hitchin Laboratory. His distinctions include the Sylvester Medal of the Royal Society, the Senior Berwick Prize and Pólya Prize of the London Mathematical Society.