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Bob Doran

Potter Professor, Emeritus
BA University of Iowa, 1962 MS University of Iowa, 1964 MS University of Washington, 1967 Ph.D. University of Washington, 1968
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About Me

I grew up in Winthrop, a small town in northeast Iowa.  After high school I joined the military. Ultimately I ended up in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as a member of the US Army Special Forces. Then, for about a year, I taught at the US Army Jungle Survival Warfare Center at Fort Sherman in Col√≥n, Panama.  After the military I studied mathematics at the University of Iowa and the University of Washington. I now have been at TCU for 46 years and have held visiting positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and Oxford University in England.  I served as chair of the TCU Mathematics Department for 21 years, from 1990 to 2011. Many more details are provided in my Wikipedia entry.


My work has focused primarily on Banach algebras and operator algebras.  I have co-authored research-level books on approximate identities with J. Wichmann; on Banach *-algebraic bundles with J. M. G. Fell (vol. 1) and (vol. 2); and on characterizations of C*-algebras with V. Belfi.  I have edited or co-edited books for the American Mathematical Society with TCU colleagues Z. Dou, G. Friedman, G. Gilbert, S. Nollet, L. Spice, and a forthcoming volume with E. Park.  In addition I have also worked with R.V. Kadison, C. C. Moore, J. R. Rosenberg, V. S. Varadarajan, and R. Zimmer as editors. I have written about 400 reviews for Mathematical Reviews and directed the research of four Ph.D. students. My Erdos number is three.


Over the years I have taught nearly every undergraduate course in the mathematics department as well as many graduate courses. For me teaching is the single most important job we have as professors. I have had the great privilege of teaching many wonderful students at TCU who have gone on after graduation to distinguished careers in a variety of fields. My teaching philosophy is summed up in a paper I wrote in 1988 titled A Care Package for Undergraduate Mathematics Students.

AMS Special Session for Richard V. Kadison

At the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio in January, Bob Doran and Efton Park organized a special session to honor operator algebraist Dick Kadison. Click to see the list of speakers and photographs from the banquet.

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