John Adrian Bondy

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John Adrian Bondy
London, England
NationalityBritish, Canadian
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
Known forBondy's theorem
Bondy–Chvátal theorem
Scientific career
ThesisSome uniqueness theorems in graph theory (1968)
Doctoral advisorDominic Welsh[1]

John Adrian Bondy (born 1944 in London) is a retired English mathematician, known for his work in combinatorics and graph theory.


Bondy received his Ph.D. in graph theory from the University of Oxford in 1969. His advisor was Dominic Welsh.[1] Between 1969 and 1994, Bondy was Professor of Graph Theory at the University of Waterloo in Canada, and then, until his retirement, at Université Lyon 1 in France.[2] From 1976, he was managing editor, and, between 1979 and 2004, co-editor-in-chief (together with U. S. R. Murty) of Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series B.[3] Throughout his career, Bondy has (co-)authored over 100 publications[2][4] with 51 co-authors,[5] including the widely influential textbook Graph Theory with Applications (with U. S. R. Murty), and supervised 12 Ph.D. students.[1] His Erdős number is 1.[6]

Bondy was dismissed from his tenured position at the University of Waterloo in 1995, after 25 years in which he had been a major contributor to the renown of the University's Department of Combinatorics and Optimization.[7] The reasons for his dismissal centered on "Bondy's acceptance of a teaching post in France, and the acceptability of someone who is on UW's faculty payroll holding a full-time job elsewhere."[8] Protesting the decision, Paul Erdős returned his honorary doctorate to the University of Waterloo,[9] and Vašek Chvátal resigned from his position of Adjunct Professor at the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Bondy has a passion for photography, having taken pictures since his childhood. In the 1980s, he regularly exhibited his work, most notably at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in Kitchener, Ontario. In 2010, Bondy founded the non-profit association Mind's Eye[11] with the aim "to reflect upon the conceptual links between mathematics and photography."[12] In 2012, he opened a photo gallery with the same name on the Rue Saint-Jacques, Paris. Between 2012 and 2022, Mind's Eye / Galerie Adrian Bondy has hosted 42 exhibitions with works of 27 artists, including John Claridge and Jean Dréville.[13]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Bondy, J. A.; Chvátal, V. (1976), "A method in graph theory", Discrete Mathematics, 15 (2): 111–135, doi:10.1016/0012-365X(76)90078-9, MR 0414429, Zbl 0331.05138.
  • Bondy, J. A.; Murty, U. S. R. (1976), Graph Theory with Applications, North-Holland, MR 0411988, Zbl 1226.05083, archived from the original on 16 June 2012, retrieved 28 June 2012.
  • Bondy, J. A.; Murty, U. S. R. (2008), Graph Theory, Springer, MR 2368647, Zbl 1134.05001.
  • Bondy, J. A. (1971), "Pancyclic graphs I", Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series B, 11 (1): 80–84, doi:10.1016/0095-8956(71)90016-5, MR 0285424, Zbl 0183.52301.
  • Bondy, J. A.; Hemminger, R. L. (1977), "Graph reconstruction – a survey", Journal of Graph Theory, 1 (3): 227–268, doi:10.1002/jgt.3190010306, MR 0480189, Zbl 0375.05040.

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  1. ^ a b c John Adrian Bondy at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ a b Charbit, Pierre; Havet, Frédéric (2014). "A conference in Honor of Adrian Bondy for his 70th Birthday". Archived from the original on 17 January 2022. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  3. ^ Cunningham et al. (2004)
  4. ^ "MR: Bondy, John Adrian - 39150". Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  5. ^ "MR: Co-authors of Bondy, John Adrian". Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  6. ^ Bondy & Erdős (1973)
  7. ^ "UW Gazette - Arbitrator upholds math prof's dismissal". 2 October 1996. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012.
  8. ^ "UW Gazette - Faculty dismissal discussed". 20 September 1995. Archived from the original on 23 November 2010.
  9. ^ Erdős, Paul (4 June 1996). "Dear President Downey" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2005. Retrieved 8 July 2014. With a heavy heart I feel that I have to sever my connections with the University of Waterloo, including resigning my honorary degree which I received from the University in 1981 (which caused me great pleasure). I was very upset by the treatment of Professor Adrian Bondy. I do not maintain that Professor Bondy was innocent, but in view of his accomplishments and distinguished services to the University I feel that 'justice should be tempered with mercy.'
  10. ^ Chvátal, Václav (20 September 1995). "An Open Letter Submitted to the Gazette" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 August 2021. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  11. ^ "Mind's Eye". Archived from the original on 18 September 2022. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  12. ^ "Mind's Eye - Adrian Bondy". Archived from the original on 19 May 2021. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  13. ^ "Mind's Eye - Exhibitions". Archived from the original on 18 September 2022. Retrieved 19 September 2022.


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