Welcome to my Home Page!
Hello, my name is David Bao. I am Professor
in the Department of Mathematics.
My research work primarily concerns
Finsler Geometry. Loosely speaking,
this is differential geometry done on Banach manifolds
instead of Hilbert manifolds.
The person who initiated me into such an area of differential
geometry was the late Professor S.S. Chern
for a photograph taken with him at the 2004
International Symposium on Finsler Geometry,
held in the Nankai Institute of Mathematics, Tianjin, China.
I became interested in mathematics at the University of Notre Dame,
got my Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley,
and then apprenticed at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
(More in CV.)
After all that studying, I thought it was high time
to have some fun and to enjoy the good life. So in 1985 I headed straight
for Houston, Texas! In 2007, I decided to get a taste of what it is
like to be an adminstrator at San Francisco State University. As of 2018
Spring, I have returned to my regular job in research and teaching.
There is a book An Introduction to Riemann-Finsler Geometry
that I co-authored with Prof. Chern (Berkeley and Nankai)
and Prof. Shen (IUPUI).
(See a photo
of the authors, taken by the late Mrs. Chern.)
It is volume 200 (published in 2000) of the Springer-Verlag GTM Series.
Please inform me of mistakes that you find.
Errors and corrections will be posted as soon as they are
brought to my attention. Please click on
to download the appropriate file for the Errata.
In 2004, I co-edited a book entitled
A Sampler of Riemann-Finsler Geometry
with Professors Bryant, Chern, and Shen.
It is volume 50 of the Cambridge University Press MSRI
Series. In this volume there is an expository article
about the curvature of Finsler manifolds,
with special emphasis on Einstein metrics,
written jointly by myself and Dr. Colleen Robles.
for a photograph (with Dr. Robles and Prof. Bourguignon)
taken during the 2002 Workshop on Finsler Geometry, held at
the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley,
My office is located at 912 Thornton Hall.
Mail can be addressed to me at:
Department of Mathematics
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Send comments and questions to
and FAX's to 415.338.1461 (attn: David Bao).
You can also reach me by telephone at 415.338.2249.
This page was last updated 10 April, 2018.