Bruce Lee Rothschild


Bruce Lee Rothschild (born August 26, 1941)[1] is an American mathematician and educator, specializing in combinatorial mathematics. He is a professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Early life and educationEdit

Rothschild was born in 1941 in Los Angeles, California.

He earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1967 under the supervision of Øystein Ore.[2]


Rothschild, together with Ronald Graham, formulated one of the most monumental results in Ramsey theory, the Graham–Rothschild theorem.[3] He has collaborated with American mathematicians Joel Spencer and Ronald Graham on key texts related to Ramsey theory. Rothschild wrote several papers with Paul Erdős, giving him an Erdős number of 1.[4]

Awards and honorsEdit

In 1971, Rothschild shared the Pólya Prize (SIAM) with four other mathematicians for his work on Ramsey theory. In 2012, he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[5]


  1. ^ American Men & Women of Science: Q-S. Internet Archive. Retrieved 2012-09-06. Rothschild, Bruce Lee.
  2. ^ Bruce Lee Rothschild at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ "The Mathematics of Bruce Rothschild" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  4. ^ "Erdős Number Project". Oakland University. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  5. ^ "List of Fellows". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 2013-07-07.