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The life and works of Raoul Bott

Loring W. Tu

Date: January 4, 2002

Department of Mathematics
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155-7049

In a career spanning five decades, Raoul Bott has wrought profound changes on the landscape of geometry and topology. It is a daunting task to improve upon his own reminiscences [B3], [B4], [B1] and commentaries on papers [B5], punctuated as they are by insight, colorful turns of phrases and amusing anecdotes. This article, based on his writings and on interviews and correspondences with people who have known him, aims to serve as an introduction to his life and works so far.

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