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Remembering Raoul Bott (1923–2005)

  • Loring W. Tu
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Part of the Contemporary Mathematicians book series (CM)
Raoul Bott passed away on December 20, 2005. Over a five-decade career he made many profound and fundamental contributions to geometry and topology. This is the second part of a two-part article in the Notices to commemorate his life and work. The first part was an authorized biography, “The life and works of Raoul Bott” [ 4], which he read and approved a few years before his death. Since then there have been at least three volumes containing remembrances of Raoul Bott by his erstwhile collaborators, colleagues, students, and friends [ 1], [ 2], [ 7]. I have also written elsewhere about my experiences working with him [ 5]. This second part presents some personal recollections that do not overlap with what has already appeared in print. More reminiscences and appreciations of his work may be found in the upcoming final volume of the Collected Papers of Raoul Bott [ 6].

References

  1. [1] M. F. Atiyah, Raoul Harry Bott, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows— Royal Society 53 (2007), 63–76. Reprinted in Bull. Lond. Math. Soc. 42 (2010), no. 1, 170–180.Google Scholar
  2. [2] P. R. Kotiuga, editor, A Celebration of the Mathematical Legacy of Raoul Bott, CRM Proceedings & Lecture Notes, vol. 50, American Mathematical Society, 2010.Google Scholar
  3. [3] R. D. MacPherson, editor, Raoul Bott Collected Papers, Volumes 1–4, Birkhäuser, 1994–95.Google Scholar
  4. [4] L. W. Tu, The life and works of Raoul Bott, in The Founders of Index Theory: Reminiscences of Atiyah, Bott, Hirzebruch, and Singer, edited by S.-T. Yau, International Press, Somerville, MA, 2003, pp. 85–112. An updated version appeared in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society 53 (2006), 554–570.Google Scholar
  5. [5] L. W. Tu, Reminiscences of working with Raoul Bott, in The Founders of Index Theory: Reminiscences of Atiyah, Bott, Hirzebruch, and Singer, 2nd ed., edited by S.-T. Yau, International Press, Somerville, MA, 2009, 157–160.Google Scholar
  6. [6] L. W. Tu, editor, Raoul Bott: Collected Papers, Volume 5, Springer Basel AG, to appear in 2014.Google Scholar
  7. [7] S.-T. Yau, editor, The Founders of Index Theory, 2nd ed., International Press, Somerville, MA, 2009. (A fine book, except that Loring Tu’s name is misprinted throughout the two articles he authored.)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Loring W. Tu
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsTufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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