The New York City-based Simons Foundation has announced the selection of twenty-one mathematicians, physicists, and computer scientists as Simons Investigators.
The program provides $100,000 annually for an initial period of five years to outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake the long-term study of fundamental questions; the awards are renewable for an additional five years, depending on a review in the fourth year. As with the so-called "genius grants" awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, recipients did not know they were being considered for the award.
The inaugural Simons Investigators in mathematics are Christopher Derek Hacon of the University of Utah, Horng-Tzer Yau of Harvard University, Alice Guionnet and Paul Seidel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Amit Singer and Manjul Bhargava of Princeton University, and Terence Tao of the University of California, Los Angeles.
In computer science, award recipients include Sanjeev Arora of Princeton University, Shafrira Goldwasser of MIT, Russell Impagliazzo of the University of California, San Diego, Jon Kleinberg of Cornell University, and Daniel Spielman of Yale University.
The Simons Investigators in physics are Igor Aleiner of Columbia University, Michael Brenner of Harvard University, Sharon Glotzer of the University of Michigan, Matthew Hastings of Duke University, Chris Hirata of the California Institute of Technology, Charles Kane of the University of Pennsylvania, Hirosi Ooguri of Caltech, Frans Pretorius of Princeton University, and Eliot Quataert of the University of California, Berkeley.