J. Peter May
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J. Peter May  

Born 

September 16, 1939
Alma mater  Princeton University 
Known for 
May spectral sequence, coining the term "operad" 
Awards  Fellow of the AMS 
Scientific career  
Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions  University of Chicago 
Thesis  The cohomology of restricted Lie algebras and of Hopf algebras: Application to the Steenrod algebra (1964) 
Doctoral advisor  John Moore 
Doctoral students  Ib Madsen, Emily Riehl 
Website  https://www.math.uchicago.edu/~may/ 
Jon Peter May (born September 16, 1939 in New York) is an American mathematician working in the fields of algebraic topology, category theory, homotopy theory, and the foundational aspects of spectra. He is known, in particular, for the May spectral sequence and for coining the term operad.
Education & career
May received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College in 1960 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Princeton University in 1964.^{[1]} His thesis, written under the direction of John Moore, was titled The cohomology of restricted Lie algebras and of Hopf algebras: Application to the Steenrod algebra.
From 1964 to 1967, May taught at Yale University. He has been a faculty member at the University of Chicago since 1967, and a professor since 1970.
Awards
In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.^{[2]} He has advised over 50 doctoral students, including Ib Madsen and Emily Riehl.^{[1]}
References
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} J. Peter May at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
 ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 20130202.
External links
 May's homepage at the University of Chicago
 Jon Peter May at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
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