Robert G. Bartle

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Robert G. Bartle
Born 1927
Died 2003
Residence U.S. Flag of the United States.svg
Nationality US Flag of the United States.svg
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Illinois,
Eastern Michigan University
Alma mater University of Chicago
Doctoral advisor Lawrence Graves
Known for Real Analysis

Robert Gardner Bartle (1927 – 2003) was an American mathematician and author. He is perhaps most famous for writing the popular textbooks The Elements of Real Analysis (1964) and The Elements of Integration (1966) published by John Wiley & Sons.

Bartle was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and was the son of Glenn G. Bartle and Wanda M. Bartle. He was married to Doris Sponenberg Bartle (born 1927) from 1952 to 1982 and they had two sons, James A. Bartle (born 1955) and John R. Bartle (born 1958). He was on the faculty of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Illinois from 1955 to 1990.

Bartle was Executive Editor of Mathematical Reviews from 1976 to 1978 and from 1986 to 1990. As described by Kister and Sherbert (2004),

In 1990 Bob arranged a splendid celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of MR at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Louisville, Kentucky. Attendees at the evening session, at which Saunders Mac Lane was main speaker, were given an anniversary booklet that included Bob's article "A brief history of the mathematical literature". (See external link below.)

From 1990 to 1999 he taught at Eastern Michigan University. In 1997, Bartle earned a writing award from the Mathematical Association of America for his paper "Return of the Riemann Integral".[1]

He was survived by his second wife, Carolyn Orban Bartle.


  1. ^ Bartle, Robert G. (1996). "Return of the Riemann Integral". The American Mathematical Monthly (Mathematical Association of America) 103 (8): 625–632. doi:10.2307/2974874. JSTOR 2974874. 

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