Robert Stong

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Robert Evert Stong (born August 23, 1936 in Oklahoma City; † April 10, 2008) was a US mathematician who worked on algebraic topology (in particular, cobordism theory).

Stong received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1962 under Richard Lashof(Some relations among characteristic classes and numbers)[1]. In 1966 he became Assistant Professor at Princeton University, and his lecture there on cobordism theory appeared as a then influential textbook. From the 1970s he was a professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. In 1975/76 he was at the Institute for Advanced Study.

In the 1980s he developed elliptic cohomology with Peter Landweber, Douglas Ravenel.

He was a Sloan Research Fellow from 1968.


  • Notes on cobordism theory, Princeton University Press 1968

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  1. Mathematics Genealogy Project