The IAS Einstein Gala honoring Sir James Wolfensohn, originally scheduled for March 12, 2020, in New York City, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now be held virtually on October 6, 2020.
Honorary Gala Chairs Charles Simonyi, Microsoft Corporation & IAS Board Chair Jim Simons, Simons Foundation & IAS Trustee Emeritus
The IAS Einstein Virtual Gala will honor Sir James Wolfensohn, IAS’s longest-serving Board Chair (1986–2007), former President of the World Bank, and current Chairman of Wolfensohn & Company. During his leadership, Jim led the Institute into the twenty-first century, greatly expanded the institution’s financial resources, affirmed the importance of the arts to science and scholarship, and furthered global outreach and broad recognition of the IAS as one of the world’s leading centers for intellectual inquiry.
At the Gala, Jim Wolfensohn will be presented with the IAS Bamberger Medal, the Institute’s highest honor, in recognition of his visionary support of the Institute’s pioneering research. The medal is named in honor of Caroline Bamberger Fuld and Louis Bamberger, the sister-and-brother philanthropists who provided the founding $5 million gift to establish IAS as envisioned by the education reformer Abraham Flexner, the Institute’s founding Director.
Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the IAS, one of the world's foremost centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. Founded in 1930 with the motto “Truth and Beauty,” the IAS is dedicated to independent study across the sciences and humanities and is devoted to advancing the frontiers of knowledge without concern for immediate application.
From founding IAS Professor Albert Einstein to the foremost thinkers of today, the IAS enables bold, nonconformist, field-leading research that provides long-term utility and new technologies, leading to innovation and enrichment of society in unexpected ways. Each year, the Institute welcomes more than 200 of the world’s most promising researchers and scholars who are selected and mentored by a permanent Faculty, each of whom are preeminent leaders in their fields. Among its present and past Faculty and Members are 34 Nobel Laureates, 42 of the 60 Fields Medalists, and 18 of the 20 Abel Prize Laureates, as well as many MacArthur Fellows and Wolf Prize winners.
An independent institution located in Princeton, N.J., the IAS is entirely supported by charitable contributions and grants. It receives no tuition, licensing, or other fees. By attending the Gala, you join Jim Wolfensohn in supporting the Institute and making a visionary investment in discovery.
IAS is grateful to the following early supporters of the 2020 Gala:
With special support from Jim & Marilyn Simons and Charles & Lisa Simonyi
General Relativity R. Martin Chavez & Benjamin Rothschild (Goldman Sachs Gives) Neil & Natasha Chriss Roger Ferguson & Annette Nazareth John & Laura Overdeck Sir James & Elaine Wolfensohn
Special Relativity Ardea Partners The Fribourg Family The Griffin-Cole Fund Jonathan Nelson & Maya Stendhal Nancy Peretsman & Robert Scully
Photoelectric Effect Mark Baumgartner Michael & Victoria Bershadsky Afsaneh & Michael Beschloss Carnegie Corporation of New York Ashvin B. Chhabra & Daniela Bonafede-Chhabra Citadel Leonard & Judy Lauder Mark Heising & Elizabeth Simons Nancy & Duncan MacMillan Sandra Peterson Daniel & Joanna Rose
Brownian Motion Blavatnik Family Foundation R. Martin Chavez & Benjamin Rothschild David Li Kwok Po Charitable Foundation Deborah Lunder & Alan Ezekowitz M. Klein & Company Tamara & Kevin MacMillan Mariner Investment Group, LLC Math for America Raging Capital Management, LLC Shelby White
Bose-Einstein Kathleen Bratton & Brian Wruble Rita & Charles Bronfman Robert & Luisa Fernholz Fishman Family Fund Spiro J. Latsis Larry Leeds Glen & Cheryl Lewy Loews Corporation David Marquardt Richard & Ronay Menschel Prof. Klaus Nehring and Dr. Yang-Ro Yoon Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer & Joe Neubauer Shirley M. Tilghman Tom & Mila Tuttle Stephen & Diane Volk Mary & Jeff Zients
Associates Ken & Debbie Baron Victoria Bjorklund Raffaella Cribiore Sarah & Landon Jones Hon. & Mrs. Henry A. Kissinger Drs. Sarah & Martin L. Leibowitz Bethany & Robert B. Millard Sherri Rossoff, RockCreek Lauren & John Veronis Zhou Zou
Friends Bruce Boman Jennifer Chayes & Christian Borgs Drs. Bobbi & Barry Coller Michael & Nina Douglas Carl Feinberg The Honorable & Mrs. Chuck Hagel James R. Hamilton, Hamilton & Company Toru Hashimoto Rush Holt HMR Architects Bob & Lynn Johnston Jack & Nora Kerr Jingyi Li Loeb, Block & Partners, LLP Andrea Mitchell Alan Patricof Carla Volpe Porter & Tim Porter Gerald Rosenfeld & Judith Zarin Dr. Ronaldo Schmitz Harold T. & Vivian Shapiro Richard & Ann Solomon Steven Holl Architects Stevens & Lee Rachel Gray Studebaker & Joel Studebaker Peter Svrcek
Contributors Robert & Marta Adelson Dale F. Eickelman Blaine Paxton Hall Laurie & Robert Jacobs Alexandre Sole John Wermer