Past Member

James Simons

Affiliation

Mathematics

James H. Simons is Chair of the Simons Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. Prior to founding Renaissance Technologies, a highly quantitative investment firm, in 1982, Simons was a cryptanalyst at the Institute of Defense Analyses in Princeton, taught mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, and chaired the mathematics department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Founder and Chair of Math for America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to significantly improving math education in public schools, Simons is Trustee Emeritus of the Institute for Advanced Study's Board of Trustees, which he joined in 2001.

Simons's most influential research involves the discovery and application of certain geometric measurements, now called the Chern-Simons invariants, which have wide use, particularly in theoretical physics.

Dates at IAS

Member
School of Mathematics
Fall

Degrees

University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D.
1961
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S.
1958

Honors

2014
National Academy of Sciences
2013
Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy
2008
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1976
Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry
American Philosophical Society