March 14, 2019 Cocktails 6 p.m. Dinner and Program 7:30 p.m. Pier Sixty, NYC
Honorary Chairs Sir James Wolfensohn, Wolfensohn and Company, LLC & IAS Chair Emeritus Charles Simonyi, Microsoft Corporation & IAS Chair of Board
Master of Ceremonies David Rubenstein, The Carlyle Group & IAS Board of Trustees
Special Presentation by Robbert Dijkgraaf, IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor
Please join us for a celebration to honor Jim Simons, IAS Trustee Emeritus and former Institute scholar (1972). Over nearly six decades, Jim has charted a path of great achievement and profound generosity. He is renowned for contributions including the Chern-Simons variants, geometric measurements that have wide use in theoretical physics and other fields. Jim’s professional career ranges from teaching at M.I.T. and Harvard and chairing the mathematics department of SUNY Stonybrook to founding and leading Renaissance Technologies, which transformed the hedge fund industry. He is Chairman of the Simons Foundation, dedicated to advancing the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences, and Founder and Chairman of Math for America, a nonprofit devoted to improving math education in public schools. Jim joined the IAS Board in 2001 and is one of the Institute’s greatest benefactors.
The Gala will gather a distinguished audience who will enjoy a multimedia program. Proceeds will benefit the IAS, which since 1930 has convened the greatest thinkers and enabled them to conduct the kind of creative theoretical inquiry that pushes the boundaries of human understanding. Albert Einstein was among the Institute’s first professors and is the most universally known Institute scholar. The IAS grants scholars absolute freedom to focus intently on their research, and fuels collaborations and lines of research that span the globe, helping to accelerate breakthroughs. As an independent institution, the IAS has since its beginnings been entirely supported by charitable contributions and grants. It receives no tuition, licensing, or other fees. By attending the Gala, you join Jim in supporting to the Institute and making a visionary investment in discovery.
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With Special Support from Jim & Marilyn Simons
General Relativity Dinner Chairs Peter Brown & Margaret Hamburg Ashvin B. Chhabra & Daniela Bonafede-Chhabra Neil & Natasha Chriss Barbie & Chris Cole Roger Ferguson & Annette Nazareth Mark Heising & Elizabeth Simons John & Laura Overdeck Nancy Peretsman & Robert Scully Eric Schmidt Charles & Lisa Simonyi Sir James & Elaine Wolfensohn
Special Relativity Dinner Chairs Stephen Della Pietra & Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra Vincent Della Pietra & Barbara Amonson Goldman Sachs Gives, at the request of R. Martin Chavez Ken Griffin Sonia & Paul Jones Marsha & Henry Laufer Microsoft Corporation Sudha & Narayana Murthy Jonathan Nelson & Maya Stendhal Pilar Crespi Robert & Stephen Robert Merryl & James Tisch Zierk Family Foundation
Photoelectric Effect Vice Chairs Mark Baumgartner Afsaneh & Michael Beschloss Kate Medina Guthart & Leo A. Guthart David Harding Margaret Holen & David Coulson Elaine & Ken Langone Robert Lourie Nancy & Duncan MacMillan Sandra Peterson Laura & Harry Slatkin Cary & Marisela Staller Shelby White
Brownian Motion Donors Victoria & Michael Bershadsky Robert & Cynthia Hillas Jack & Nora Kerr Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer & Joe Neubauer Eleanor & Howard Morgan Raging Capital Management, LLC
Bose-Einstein Committee Mr. & Mrs. Russell Carson Carl Feinberg Robert & Luisa Fernholz Jack & Juanita Goldstein Sigurdur Helgason Sarah & Landon Jones David Marquardt Kresimir & Suzanne Penavic Stephen & Sandy Perlbinder Joyce and George Wein Foundation
Associates Raffaella Cribiore Michael & Nina Douglas Gudjon Hermannsson & Yingxing Wang Lili Lynton & Michael Ryan Diana & Antonio Puerto
Friends Nick & Piraye Beim Drs. Bobbi & Barry Coller Loeb, Block & Partners LLP Steve & Deidre Mariotti Fanette Pollack Ellen Rautenberg Byron & Anita Wien