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John McCleary Professor of Mathematics and Statistics on the Elizabeth Stillman Williams Chair

John McCleary is Professor of Mathematics on the Elizabeth Stillman Williams Chair at Vassar College. He received his PhD from Temple University in mathematics with a thesis on algebraic topology under the direction of James Stasheff. In topology his interests are homotopy theory and its applications to manifold theory and geometry. He also has interests in the history of mathematics, particularly the history of geometry and of topology. He has published papers on elementary number theory and mathematical physics.

  • BA, La Salle University; PhD, Temple University
  • At Vassar since 1979


Research and Academic Interests

  • Algebraic Topology
  • Homotopy Theory
  • History of Mathematics
  • History of Geometry
  • History of Topology

Departments and Programs


  • MATH 221. Linear Algebra
  • MATH 301. Topics In Advanced Mathematics and Statistics


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