J. Peter May

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J. Peter May
Born (1939-09-16) September 16, 1939 (age 80)
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.


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]


  1. ^ a b J. Peter May at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-02-02.

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