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Arthur M. Jaffe

Class of 2021-2022

Arthur M. Jaffe

Landon T. Clay Professor of  Mathematics and Theoretical Sciences
Department of Physics
Harvard University

Arthur Jaffe’s major scientific work has been in the realm of understanding quantum theory and the mathematics that it inspires. With J. Glimm he constructed the first mathematically-complete and non-trivial examples of relativistic quantum field theories. Recently his research has focused on the relation between super-symmetry and a new mathematical subject, non-commutative geometry, where one builds quantum space into the notion of space-time. Jaffe is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He served as president of the International Association of Mathematical Physics and the American Mathematical Society. Jaffe was a founding member, director, and first president of the Clay Mathematics Institute, popularly known for offering a seven-million-dollar prize for the solution of seven mathematical questions. He received the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics from the American Physical Society and the Medal from the Collège de France.

Jaffe will collaborate with faculty and students in the College of Science.