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Raoul Bott

Birthplace: Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Death: Died in San Diego, San Diego County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rudolph Bott and Margit Bott

Occupation: mathematician
Managed by: Martin Severin Eriksen
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About Raoul Bott

Raoul Bott, ForMemRS (September 24, 1923 – December 20, 2005)[1] was a Hungarian-American mathematician known for numerous basic contributions to geometry in its broad sense. He is best known for his Bott periodicity theorem, the Morse–Bott functions which he used in this context, and the Borel–Bott–Weil theorem.

Early life

Bott was born in Budapest, Hungary, the son of Margit Kovács and Rudolph Bott. His father was of Austrian descent, and his mother was of Hungarian Jewish descent; Bott was raised a Catholic by his mother and stepfather. Bott grew up in Czechoslovakia and spent his working life in the United States. His family emigrated to Canada in 1938, and subsequently he served in the Canadian Army in Europe during World War II.


Bott later went to college at McGill University in Montreal, where he studied electrical engineering. He then earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1949. His thesis, titled Electrical Network Theory, was written under the direction of Richard Duffin. Afterward, he began teaching at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Bott continued his study at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was a professor at Harvard University from 1959 to 1999. In 2005 Bott died of cancer in San Diego.

Notable awards:

  • Veblen Prize (1964)
  • National Medal of Science (1987)
  • Steele Prize (1990)
  • Wolf Prize (2000)
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Raoul Bott's Timeline

September 24, 1923
Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
December 20, 2005
Age 82
San Diego, San Diego County, California, United States