IAS Bamberger Medal Ceremony
honoring Shelby White on October 28, 2021
Honorary Event Chairs
Charles Simonyi, Microsoft Corporation & IAS Board Chair
Jim Simons, Simons Foundation & IAS Trustee Emeritus
The IAS Bamberger Medal will be presented to Shelby White, IAS Trustee Emerita and Founder of the Leon Levy Foundation, at a celebration on the Institute’s campus in Princeton. Shelby has championed the Institute throughout the four decades since her late husband Leon Levy’s appointment to the Board of Trustees in 1988. She herself served on the IAS Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2019.
A significant philanthropist of our time, Shelby has made investments of great depth and breadth in the Institute. Her generosity has fortified IAS in innumerable ways, including the establishment of the Leon Levy Professorship, currently held by IAS Director Robbert Dijkgraaf, her dedication to the cohesive beauty of the Institute’s campus landscape, and providing resources to support scholarly initiatives. Shelby also created the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center to document IAS history and the many significant people who have shaped it. She truly embodies the curiosity and dedication fundamental to the Institute mission.
At the October hybrid event, Shelby will be presented with the IAS Bamberger Medal, the Institute’s highest honor, in recognition of her 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 event benefit the annual operations of 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.
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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 35 Nobel Laureates, 42 of the 60 Fields Medalists, and 19 of the 22 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 Bamberger Medal Ceremony, you join our honoree and other philanthropists in supporting the Institute and making a visionary investment in discovery.