James Simons, Ph.D.
Board of Directors

James H. Simons is the chairman of the Simons Foundation and board chair and founder of Renaissance Technologies. Prior to his ļ¬nancial career, Simons was chairman of the mathematics department at Stony Brook University, taught mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, and was a cryptanalyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Princeton, New Jersey. Simons holds a B.S. from MIT and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1976, he won the Veblen Prize of the American Mathematics Society for his work in geometry. He is a trustee of the Stony Brook Foundation, Rockefeller University, MIT, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, New York Genome Center, and the Institute for Advanced Study, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.