**Robert Wolfe Brooks** (Washington, D.C., September 16, 1952 – Montreal, September 5, 2002) was a
mathematician known for his work in
spectral geometry,
Riemann surfaces,
circle packings, and
differential geometry.

He received his
Ph.D. from
Harvard University in 1977; his thesis, *The smooth cohomology of groups of diffeomorphisms*, was written under the supervision of
Raoul Bott. He worked at the
University of Maryland (1979–1984), then at the
University of Southern California, and then, from 1995, at the
Technion in
Haifa.^{
[1]}

In an influential paper (
Brooks 1981), Brooks proved that the
bounded cohomology of a
topological space is
isomorphic to the bounded cohomology of its
fundamental group.^{
[2]}

- Alfred P. Sloan fellowship
- Guastella fellowship

- Brooks, Robert (1981). "Some remarks on bounded cohomology".
*Riemann surfaces and related topics: Proceedings of the 1978 Stony Brook Conference (State Univ. New York, Stony Brook, N.Y., 1978)*. Ann. of Math. Stud. Vol. 97. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Univ. Press. pp. 53–63. MR 0624804. - Brooks, Robert (1981). "A relation between growth and the spectrum of the Laplacian".
*Mathematische Zeitschrift*.**178**(4): 501–508. doi: 10.1007/BF01174771. MR 0638814. S2CID 122114581. - Brooks, Robert (1981). "The fundamental group and the spectrum of the Laplacian".
*Commentarii Mathematici Helvetici*.**56**(4): 581–598. doi: 10.1007/BF02566228. MR 0656213. S2CID 121175762. - Brooks, Robert (1988). "Constructing isospectral manifolds".
*American Mathematical Monthly*.**95**(9): 823–839. doi: 10.1080/00029890.1988.11972094. MR 0967343.

- Reviewer Maung Min-Oo for
MathSciNet wrote: "This is a well written survey article on the construction of isospectral manifolds which are not isometric with emphasis on hyperbolic Riemann surfaces of constant negative curvature."
^{ [3]}

- Reviewer Maung Min-Oo for
MathSciNet wrote: "This is a well written survey article on the construction of isospectral manifolds which are not isometric with emphasis on hyperbolic Riemann surfaces of constant negative curvature."

- Brooks, Robert, "Form in Topology",
**The Magicians of Form**, ed. by Robert M. Weiss. Laurelhurst Publications, 2003.

**^**Buser, Peter (2005). "On the mathematical work of Robert Brooks".*Geometry, spectral theory, groups, and dynamics*. Contemp. Math. Vol. 387. Providence, RI: Amer. Math. Soc. pp. 1–35. ISBN 9780821885642. MR 2179784.**^**Ivanov, Nikolai V. (1987). "Foundations of the theory of bounded cohomology".*Journal of Mathematical Sciences*.**37**(3): 1090–1115. doi: 10.1007/BF01086634. MR 0806562. S2CID 122503635.**^**MR 967343

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