A Passion for Discovery, A Desire to Give Back

July 9th, 2014

Simons speaking at the Differential Geometry, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics and Society conference in 2007 in Bures-sur-Yvette. Image: Oberwolfach Photo Collection

Simons speaking at the Differential Geometry, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics and Society conference in 2007 in Bures-sur-Yvette. Image: Oberwolfach Photo Collection

Throughout his life, James Simons ’58 has been driven by his passion for discovery—a passion he aspires to instill in others. The MIT-trained mathematician and hedge fund manager believes basic science and math education is vital to the nation’s success, and he is doing his part to keep America competitive.

Along with his wife, Marilyn, Simons is involved in projects that span a range of scientific disciplines. He has financed telescopes to help physicists search for wavelengths of light from the Big Bang. His foundation Math for America awards stipends and scholarships to train high school math and science teachers. And, the Simons Center for the Social Brain at MIT aims to unlock the mysteries of autism spectrum disorders.

Simons recently spoke to the New York Times about his career, and his ambitious efforts to push the boundaries of discovery. Read the Times article.

Last summer, students participating in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) presented results from their research projects at the Simons Center. More at MIT News: Poster Session Showcases UROP Projects

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