Nigel Hitchin was born in 1946 in Holbrook, Derbyshire, UK and is currently the Savilian Professor of Geometry at the University of Oxford, UK. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Jesus College, Oxford University, in 1968 and his PhD in Mathematics from Wolfson College, Oxford University, in 1972. He was a Research Assistant at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA (1971–1973) and a Courant Institute Instructor in New York University (1973–1974). He returned to Oxford University in 1974 and served as a Junior Research Fellow (1974–1977) and Research Fellow (1977–1979) at Wolfson College. He became Tutor in Mathematics at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University in 1979 and was appointed Professor at the University of Warwick in 1990. He served as the Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge (1994–1997) and then returned to Oxford University serving as the Savilian Professor of Geometry since 1997. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.  

31 May 2016    Hong Kong