# Phillip A. Griffiths

Professor Emeritus

School of Mathematics

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Phillip Griffiths initiated with his collaborators the theory of variation of Hodge structure, which has come to play a central role in many aspects of algebraic geometry and its uses in modern theoretical physics. In addition to algebraic geometry, he has made contributions to differential and integral geometry, geometric function theory, and the geometry of partial differential equations. A former Director of the Institute (1991–2003), Griffiths chairs the Science Initiative Group, which fosters science in the developing world through programs such as the Carnegie–IAS African Regional Initiative in Science and Education.

Dates at IAS

Emeritus
:
Mathematics
7/2009–current

Faculty
:
Mathematics
1/2004–6/2009

Director
:
Director's Office
9/1991–12/2003

Visitor
:
Mathematics
9/1981–2/1982

Member
:
Mathematics
9/1968–4/1970

Degrees

Princeton University
Ph.D.,
1962

Wake Forest University
B.S.,
1959

Honors

Appointments: International Mathematical Union, Secretary 1999–2006

Awards: American Mathematical Society, Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement 2014; International Mathematical Union, Chern Medal 2014; Royal Dutch Mathematical Society, Brouwer Prize 2008; Wolf Foundation Prize in Mathematics 2008; Ordem Nacional do Mérito Cientifico, Brazil, 2002; Academy of Sciences at Göttingen, Dannie Heineman Prize 1979; American Mathematical Society, Leroy P. Steele Prize 1971

Memberships: Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei; American Mathematical Society; Indian Academy of Sciences; National Academy of Sciences; TWAS, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World

Appointments

Duke University
1983–1991
Provost and James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics

Harvard University
1972–1983
Dwight Parker Robinson Professor of Mathematics 1983; Professor 1972–83