Robert Bruner

Robert Bruner


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Robert Bruner

Department of Mathematics

I started first grade in a one room schoolhouse outside of Downs, Kansas, where I was the only first grader.   My family then moved to Kansas City, Missouri,  where I attended excellent public elementary and high schools  for second through tenth grade.   I finished high school at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire.    I have always been proud of fellow Missourians Mark Twain and Harry S Truman.  

When I went to college at Amherst, my interests were mathematics, physics, philosophy and poetry, but I also took courses in anthropology, psychology and religion ( specifically, religions of China and India).

Chicago was an especially attractive place to attend graduate school, because I could see many of the blues musicians I appreciated play live in small clubs.

I learned late in life (age 40+) that collaboration is an especially effective way to make a greater contribution to mathematics, much more effective than working in isolation.   I have learned an enormous amount from my collaborators.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  •  Algebraic Topology
  • Computations in Stable Homotopy Theory
  • Topological modular forms
  •  Connective K-theory
  •  Red shift
  • Root invariants


Please see my papers, talks, software, and various notes.


  • PhD - University of Chicago, 1977
  • SM - University of Chicago, 1974
  • BA - Amherst College, 1972.

Selected publications

See  my publications, talks and software list.



Currently teaching

  • (Fall 2020) MAT 6500, Intro to Point Set Topology
  • (Fall 2020) MAT 2250, Elementary Linear Algebra

Courses taught

Fall 2019: MAT 2020   Calculus II
Fall 2019: MAT 7510   Algebraic Topology I
Winter 2020:   on leave at Kungliga Tekniska högskolan (KTH), Stockholm.

Older courses:   Web pages of courses taught



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