Benedict H. Gross Appointed to Institute for Advanced Study Board of Trustees
The Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Benedict H. Gross, the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University, to its Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2012. Gross, whose research is in number theory, was nominated by the Institute’s School of Mathematics. He will succeed Andrew J. Wiles, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, who has served on the Institute’s Board since 2007.
Gross received his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1971, a master’s degree from the University of Oxford in 1974, and his doctorate from Harvard in 1978. He served as Assistant Professor at Princeton University from 1978–82, Associate Professor at Brown University from 1982–85 and Professor at Harvard beginning in 1985. He was Dean for Undergraduate Education at Harvard from 2002–03 and Dean of Harvard College from 2003–07; in these positions he oversaw the first review of undergraduate education at Harvard in nearly 30 years.
The American Mathematical Society awarded Gross and his collaborators the Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory in 1987 for work on the L-functions of elliptic curves. Among other honors, he is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.
Gross is the author, with Joe Harris, of The Magic of Numbers (Prentice Hall, 2003), which introduces non-mathematicians to the mathematical mode of thought. A course on abstract algebra taught by Gross is available at www.extension.harvard.edu/open-learning-initiative/abstract-algebra.
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