Curriculum Vitae

Robert L. Bryant

17 Gauss Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-5070
(510) 642-0143 (office)
director at msri dot org (email)

Born: 1953
Place: Kipling, NC
Citizenship: US


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

Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations and Differential Geometry

Areas of Interest

exterior differential systems
differential geometry
algebraic geometry
Finsler geometry

Professional Experience / Employment History

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
Director, August 01, 2007 – present
University of California at Berkeley
Professor, Mathematics, July 01, 2007 – present
Duke University
Senior Research Scientist, Mathematics, July 01, 2008 – present
J. M. Kreps Professor, Mathematics, July 1, 1988 – June 30, 2008
Arts and Sciences Professor, Mathematics, 1987–88
Rice University
Noah Harding Professor, Mathematics, 1986–88
Professor, Mathematics, 1982–86
Associate Professor, Mathematics, 1981–82
Assistant Professor, Mathematics, 1979–81
Visiting Positions
Nachdiplom Lecturer, Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETH-Z), November–December 2006
Samuel Eilenberg Professor, Columbia University, January–April 2004
Simons Research Professor, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, August–December 2003
Clay Research Professor, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, January–May 2002
Senior Visitor, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, August–December 2001
Professor, Institute Elie Cartan, June 1998
Visitor, Instituto Nacional de Matematica Pura e Applicada, July–August 1996
Visitor, Nankai Institute of Mathematics, May 1995
Andre Aisenstadt Professor, Centre de Recherches Mathematique, October 1994
Member, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, January–June 1994
Director's Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, September–December 1993
Visitor, University of Adelaide, July–August 1993
Member, Instituto Nacional de Matematica Pura e Applicada, July–August 1990
W. R. Reynolds Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, July–December 1987
Member, Instituto Nacional de Matematica Pura e Applicada, May 1986
Member, Institue des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, November 1985
Member, Max Planck Institut, October 1985
Professor, Duke University, August–December 1984
Member, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, April–May 1983
Associate Professor, Harvard, August–December 1982
Member and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, 1979–80
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow 1979–80
Alfred P. Sloan Fellow 1982–84
Presidential Young Investigator 1984–89
Trinity College Distinguished Teaching 1992
MAA Southeastern Region Distinguished Teaching 1993
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2002–present
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2007–present
Member, Phi Beta Kappa, 2007–present
Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, NCSU Alumni Association, November 2005

Major Grant Support


Conferences Organized

Member, Organizing Committee, Bay Area Differential Geometry Seminar, 2008 – present  
Member of Organizing Board, Annual East Coast Geometry Festival, 1990–2007  
Conference Organizer, AIM Workshop on Calibrations, June 26, 2006 – June 30, 2006  
Scientific Advisor on Organizing Committee, Singularities in Analysis, Geometry, and Topology: A Conference Honoring the Retirements of F. Reese Harvey and John Polking, November 11, 2005 – November 13, 2005  
Member of organizing committee, International Symposium on Finsler Geometry, August 10, 2004 – August 14, 2004  
co-Organizer, Oberwolfach Bi-Annual Differential Geometry in the Large, June 15, 2001 – May 31, 2004  
co-Organizer, MSRI Year-Long Program in Geometry (2003–04), 2001–04  
Professional Service

University Committee
Director (since 2000), Chamber Arts Society of Durham, September 1997 – July 2007  
Faculty Representative, Harassment Grievance Board, July 2005 – June 2008  
Member, Athletic Council Review Commitee, September 2006 – December 2006  
Member (1st year), Chair (2nd year), Provost's Advisory Committee on Distinguished Professorships, September 2004 – August 2006  
Member, Duke Academic Priorities Committee, Duke, 1999–2003  
Committee member, Search Committee for Director of Program in Education, Duke University, 2002–03  
Member, Duke Harrassment Grievance Board, 1998–2000  
Committee Member, Bass Chair Advisory Committee, 1997–99  
Member, Duke Curriculum Review Committee, 1997–99  
Member, Provost's Advisory Committee on AP&T, 1995–98  
Math Community Services
Exterior Member, Academic Council of the Institute Henri Poincare, July 2010 – present  
Member, Board of Trustees of the Banff International Research Station, July 2009 – present  
Member, International Committee for the National Mathematics Centre of Nigeria, January 2008 – present  
Associate Editor, Journal of the American Mathematical Society, February 1, 2005 – present  
Member, Communications in Analysis and Geometry Editorial Board, November 2002 – present  
Member, Duke Mathematical Journal Editorial Board, 1997 – present  
Deputy Chair, Chair, then Program Chair, Executive Committee of the Golden Section of the MAA, March 2008 – February 2011  
Member, Differential Geometry and its Applications Editorial Board, May 1999 – August 2010  
Vice President, American Mathematical Society, February 2007 – January 2010  
Director, Park City/IAS Mathematics Institute, January 2007 – August 2009  
Member, AMS Editorial Boards Committee, February 2006 – January 2009  
Executive Committee Member, American Mathematical Society Council, 2000–04  
Member, Harvard Board of Visitors, Harvard University, 2001–04  
Council Member at Large, Council of the American Mathematical Society, January 1999 – March 2004  
Chair, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Board of Trustees, March 2001 – March 2004  
Member (Years 1&2), Chair (Years 3–6), AMS Committee on Publications, 1998–2004  
Southeastern Section Lecturer, Mathematical Association of America, 2001–03  
Member, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Board of Trustees, March 1999 – February 2001  
Director of the Undergraduate Program, IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute, 1993–2000  
Panel Member of Proposal Evaluators, Fundacao para a Ciencia e Tecnologia (FCT), February–June 2000  
Member, AMS Task Force on Membership, 1998–2000  
Editor, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, 1992–97  
Academic member of the board of directors, The Vietnam Education Foundation, 2002–05  
Doctoral Theses Directed

Abraham Smith, Integrability of PDE and GL(2,R)-structures on manifolds, (2009)  
Feng Xu, The geometry of SU(3) structures on manifolds, (2008)  
Dan Fox, Second order families of coassociative submanifolds, (2005)  
Marianty Ionel, Second order families of special Lagrangian4-folds in C4, (2002)  
Chris Moseley (UNC), The geometry of sub-Riemannian Engel 4-manifolds, (2001)  
Sung Ho Wang, Legendrian submanifold path geometry, (2001)  
Ben McKay, Duality and integrable systems of pseudoholomorphic curves, (1999)  
Chris Michael, Uniqueness of calibrated cycles using exterior differential systems, (1996)  
Kevin Foltinek, Quasilinear third-order scalar evolution equations and their conservation laws, (1996)  
Jeanne Clelland, Geometry of conservation laws for a class of parabolic PDE, (1996)  
Keener Hughen, The sub-Riemannian geometry of three-manifolds, (1995)  
Thomas Ivey, On solitons for the Ricci flow, (1992)  
Lucas Hsu, Calculus of variations via the Griffiths formalism, (1991)  
Robert McLean, Deformations and moduli of calibrated submanifolds, (1990)  
J. M. Landsberg, Minimal submanifolds defined by first order systems of PDE, (1990)  
Tim Murdoch (Rice), Twisted calibrations and the cone on the Veronese surface, (1988)  
Steven Wilkinson (Rice), Characterizing Gauss maps, (1984)  
Professional Affiliations

American Mathematical Society
Mathematical Association of America
Association for Women in Mathematics
National Association of Mathematicians
National Academy of Sciences
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Chamber Arts Society of Durham (Director emeritus)

Last modified: 2012/02/03