Obituary: Raoul Harry Bott, FRS, 1923–2005

  • Sri Michael Atiyah
Part of the Contemporary Mathematicians book series (CM)


Raoul Bott was born in Budapest on 24 September 1923 but lived, until the age of 16 years, in Slovakia. He was a typical child of the Austro-Hungarian world, speaking and educated in a variety of languages: Hungarian, Slovak, German and English (learnt from his English governesses). His mother was Hungarian and Jewish, whereas his father was Austrian and Catholic. Despite the fact that his parents’ marriage broke up shortly after he was born, and that he saw very little of his father, his mother brought him up as a Catholic, and (though lapsing as a teenager) he remained one throughout his life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sri Michael Atiyah
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  1. 1.School of MathematicsUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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