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J. Peter May
Born (1939-09-16) September 16, 1939 (age 81)
Alma materPrinceton University
Known forMay spectral sequence,
coining the term "operad"
AwardsFellow of the AMS
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago
ThesisThe cohomology of restricted Lie algebras and of Hopf algebras: Application to the Steenrod algebra (1964)
Doctoral advisorJohn Moore
Doctoral studentsIb Madsen, Emily Riehl

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]


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