Distinguished Alumnus. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Citation: Robert L. Bryant is the Phillip Griffiths Professor of Mathematics at Duke University. Previously he served on the faculties of Rice University and the University of California at Berkeley. He was formerly the director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and is a past president of the American Mathematical Society. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Bryant’s research in differential geometry has had applications in the study of minimal surfaces, the calculus of variations, and, especially, the geometry of spaces with exceptional holonomy, an area of mathematics that, in recent years, has become important in constructing models of theoretical high-energy particle physics. Bryant earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from North Carolina State University. While a graduate student at Carolina, he was a founding member and, later, organizer of Triangle Area Gay Scientists.