Noted Figures at IAS

The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry.  The Institute exists to encourage and support fundamental scholarship—the original, often speculative thinking that produces advances in knowledge. It provides for the mentoring of younger scholars by Faculty, and it offers all who work there the freedom to undertake research that will make significant contributions in any of the broad range of fields in the sciences and humanities studied at the Institute.  

The Institute is a private, independent academic institution located in Princeton, New Jersey.  It was founded in 1930 by philanthropists Louis Bamberger and his sister Caroline Bamberger Fuld, and established through the vision of founding Director Abraham Flexner. Past Faculty have included Albert Einstein, who remained at the Institute until his death in 1955, and distinguished scientists and scholars such as Kurt Gödel, Hetty Goldman, George Kennan, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Erwin Panofsky, Homer A. Thompson, John von Neumann, and Hermann Weyl.  

 

PAST DIRECTORS
(in order of service)

ABRAHAM FLEXNER, 1930–39
FRANK AYDELOTTE, 1939–47
J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER, 1947–66
CARL KAYSEN, 1966–76
HARRY WOOLF, 1976–87
MARVIN L. GOLDBERGER, 1987–91
PHILLIP A. GRIFFITHS, 1991–2003
PETER GODDARD, 2004–12

PAST FACULTY

JAMES W. ALEXANDER
ANDREW E. Z. ALFÖLDI
MICHAEL F. ATIYAH
JOHN N. BAHCALL
ARNE K. A. BEURLING
ARMAND BOREL
LUIS A. CAFFARELLI
HAROLD F. CHERNISS
MARSHALL CLAGETT
JOSÉ CUTILEIRO
ROGER F. DASHEN
EDWARD M. EARLE
ALBERT EINSTEIN
JOHN H. ELLIOTT
CLIFFORD GEERTZ
FELIX GILBERT
JAMES F. GILLIAM
KURT GÖDEL
HETTY GOLDMAN
OLEG GRABAR
HARISH-CHANDRA
ERNST HERZFELD
ALBERT O. HIRSCHMAN
LARS V. HÖRMANDER
ERNST H. KANTOROWICZ
GEORGE F. KENNAN
TSUNG-DAO LEE
ELIAS A. LOWE
AVISHAI MARGALIT
ERIC S. MASKIN
JACK F. MATLOCK, Jr.
MILLARD MEISS
BENJAMIN D. MERITT
JOHN W. MILNOR
DAVID MITRANY
DEANE MONTGOMERY
MARSTON MORSE
ABRAHAM PAIS
ERWIN PANOFSKY
TULLIO E. REGGE
WINFIELD W. RIEFLER
MARSHALL N. ROSENBLUTH
ATLE SELBERG
KENNETH M. SETTON
CARL L. SIEGEL
WALTER W. STEWART
BENGT G. D. STRÖMGREN
HOMER A. THOMPSON
KIRK VARNEDOE
OSWALD VEBLEN
JOHN von NEUMANN
ROBERT B. WARREN
ANDRÉ WEIL
HERMANN WEYL
HASSLER WHITNEY
FRANK WILCZEK
ERNEST LLEWELLYN WOODWARD
CHEN NING YANG
SHING-TUNG YAU