# Raoul Bott

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**Raoul Bott** (September 24, 1923 – December 20, 2005)[1] was a Hungarian-American mathematician known for numerous foundational 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.

Hungarian-American mathematician

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Raoul Bott | |
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Born | (1923-09-24)September 24, 1923 |

Died | December 20, 2005(2005-12-20) (aged 82) |

Nationality | Hungarian American |

Alma mater | McGill University Carnegie Mellon University |

Known for | Bott cannibalistic class Bott periodicity theorem Bott residue formula Bott–Duffin synthesis Bott–Samelson resolution Bott–Taubes polytope Bott–Virasoro group Atiyah–Bott formula Atiyah–Bott fixed-point theorem Borel–Weil–Bott theorem Morse–Bott theory |

Awards | Veblen Prize (1964) Jeffery–Williams Prize (1983) National Medal of Science (1987) Steele Prize (1990) Wolf Prize (2000) ForMemRS (2005) |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Mathematics |

Institutions | University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Harvard University |

Doctoral advisor | Richard Duffin |

Doctoral students | |