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James Harris Simons

hedge fund manager

James Harris Simons was hedge fund manager. Named Finance Engineer of Year, International Association Finance Engineers, 2006; named one of Forbes 400: Richest Americans, since 2005, World's Richest People, Forbes magazine, since 2005; recipient Oswald Veblen prize in Geometry, American Mathematical Society, 1976.

Background

Simons, James Harris was born on April 25, 1938.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics, University California, Berkeley, 1961.

Career

Mathematics teacher Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, 1961—1964. Staff member communications research division Institute Defense Analysis, Alexandria, Virginia, 1964—1968. Chairman mathematics department State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1968—1978.

Founder, president Renaissance Technologies Corporation, East Setauket, 1982—2008, chairman, 1997—2005, Chief Executive Officer, 2008—2010. Board directors Franklin Electronic Publications Inc., since 1983. Founder Renaissance Institutional Equity Fund, 2005.

Works

  • Co-author (with Shiing-Shen Chern): Characteristic Forms and Geometric Invariants, 1974.

Membership

Founder Math for America, New York City, 2004. Co-founder John Simons Foundation. Trustee Mathematics Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, Rockefeller University, New York City, Institute Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.

Board directors Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation. Fellow: American Academy Arts & Sciences.

Connections

Married Barbara Simons (divorced). Children: Paul(deceased), Nick(deceased). Married Marilyn Hawrys Simons.

3 children.

spouses:
Barbara Simons

Marilyn Hawrys Simons

children:
Paul Simons (deceased)

Nick Simons (deceased)