Peter B. Gilkey

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Peter Belden Gilkey (born February 27, 1946 in Utica, New York)[1] is an American mathematician, working in differential geometry and global analysis.

Gilkey graduated from Yale University with a master 's degree in 1967 and received a doctoral degree in 1972 from the Harvard University under the supervision of Louis Nirenberg (Curvature and the Eigenvalues of the Laplacian for Geometrical Elliptic Complexes).[2] From 1971 to 1972 he was an instructor in computer science at the New York University and from 1972 to 1974 was a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1974 to 1980 he was assistant professor at Princeton University and in 1981 he became associate professor in 1985 and professor at the University of Oregon.

He wrote a textbook on the Atiyah–Singer index theorem. In 1975 he was Sloan Fellow. He is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[3]


  • Invariance Theory, the Heat Equation and the Atiyah-Singer-Index theorem, Publish or Perish 1984, Online
  • With Tohru Eguchi, Andrew J. Hanson Gravitation, Gauge Theories and Differential Geometry, Physics Reports, Volume 66, 1980, pp. 213–393


  1. ^ American Men and Women of Science, Thomson Gale 2004
  2. ^ Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ "List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society". Retrieved February 22, 2014. 

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