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Robert L Bryant, Phillip Griffiths Professor of Mathematics

Robert L Bryant
Contact Info:
Office Location:  103 Physics
Office Phone:  (919) 660-2800, (919) 660-2817
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2015):  (typical courses)

  • MATH 323S.01, GEOMETRY Synopsis
    Physics 227, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
Office Hours:

For Fall 2015 (beginning August 24):
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:30 AM - 12:00 noon
And by appointment.

PhDUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1979
BSNorth Carolina State University at Raleigh1974

Mathematical Physics
Research Interests: Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations and Differential Geometry

I'm interested in the geometry of partial differential equations (as always), but, more specifically, I have been thinking about conservation laws for PDE, Finsler geometry, calibrations, holonomy, and trying to learn more about Seiberg-Witten invariants and symplectic geometry.

Areas of Interest:

exterior differential systems
differential geometry
algebraic geometry
Finsler geometry


calibrations • solitons • CR hypersurfaces • exterior differential systems • Finsler


Currently serving as President of the American Mathematical Society (2015-2017)
Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Benjamin McMillan  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. R.L. Bryant, Notes on Exterior Differential Systems (Preprint, May, 2014) [arXiv:1405.3116]  [abs] [author's comments]
  2. R.L. Bryant, S.-s. Chern's study of almost-complex structures on the six-sphere (Preprint, May, 2014) [arXiv:1405.3405]  [abs]
  3. with Michael G. Eastwood, A. Rod. Gover, Katharina Neusser, Some differential complexes within and beyond parabolic geometry (Accepted, December, 2011) [arXiv:1112.2142v2]  [abs] [author's comments]
  4. R.L. Bryant and Feng Xu, Laplacian flow for closed G2-structures: short time behavior (Preprint, January, 2011) [arXiv:1101.2004]  [abs]
  5. Non-embedding and non-extension results in special holonomy, in The many facets of geometry, edited by Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Simon Salamon, and Oscar Garcia Prada (Fall, 2010), pp. 346--367, Oxford University Press, Oxford [MR2681703]
Selected Invited Lectures

  1. Parking Cars, Rolling Balls, and Falling Cats: The Concept of Holonomy, May 22, 2013, Simons Foundation in New York City [available here]    
  2. Geometry Old and New: From Euclid to String Theory, November 1, 2012, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA [1433]    
  3. Applications of Cartan's generalization of Lie's Third Theorem, June 13, 2011, Centre de Rescherches Mathématiques, Montreal, CA [php]    
  4. The idea of Holonomy, October 14, 2010, MAA Carriage House, Washington, DC [the-idea-of-holonomy]    
  5. On the life and work of S.-S. Chern, August 19, 2010, ICM in Hyderabad, India [player.php]    
Recent Grant Support

  • The Geometry of Partial Differential Equations, National Science Foundation, DMS-1359583, 2013/09-2015/06.      
Conferences Organized
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fax: 919.660.2821

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