J. Peter May  

Born  
Alma mater  Swarthmore College Princeton University 
Known for  May spectral sequence, coining the term "operad" 
Awards  Fellow of the AMS 
Scientific career  
Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions  Yale University 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  Mark Behrens, Andrew Blumberg, Fred Cohen, Nick Gurski, Nick Kuhn, Ib Madsen, Emily Riehl, Mike Shulman, Zhouli Xu 
Website  www 
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.
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Education and 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.
The word "operad" was created by May as a portmanteau of "operations" and "monad".^{α}^{[2]}
Awards
In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.^{[3]} He has advised over 60 doctoral students, including Mark Behrens, Andrew Blumberg, Frederick Cohen, Ib Madsen, Emily Riehl, Michael Shulman, and Zhouli Xu.^{[1]}
References
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} J. Peter May at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
 ^ May, J. Peter. "Operads, Algebras, and Modules" (PDF). math.uchicago.edu. p. 2. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
 ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 20130202.
Notes
 ^α May himself has stated that he was partially inspired by his mother's opera singing when coining the term.
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