Michael Atiyah Building

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Home of the Space Research Centre and the Centre for Mathematical Modelling, the building was constructed in two phases from 1998 and formerly opened in 2004 by Sir Michael Atiyah, who was President of the Royal Society from 1990 to 1995 and Chancellor of the University between 1995 and 2005. Slightly separated from the main campus, behind Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, the site includes a garden inspired by the work of Sir Isacc Newton, in the centre of which is a bronze bust of Newton that cleverly incorporates a sundial.

Interesting fact: Parts of the SWIFT satellite, launched by NASA to study gamma ray bursts, were built at the Space Research Centre.

UPDATED: 09 February 2009
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