decorative nodes

STAC’S Statement on the Passing of Jim Simons

May 10, 2024

The Science and Technology Action Committee (STAC), a non-partisan alliance of non-profit, academic, foundation and business leaders advocating for greater focus and funding of science and technology, issued the following statement on the death of Jim Simons.

STAC is saddened to learn of the death of Jim Simons, an award-winning mathematician, a legend in quantitative investing and an inspired and generous philanthropist who dedicated his life to being a champion for science and technology.

In the 30 years since Jim and his wife, Marilyn Simons, established the Simons Foundation, the organization has contributed to hundreds of projects, with a notable focus on supporting scientists and organizations that often struggled to find funding for important work. Through his foundation, Jim leaves behind a legacy that includes breakthroughs in understanding autism, the origins of the universe, cellular biology and computational science. In addition, his discoveries while serving as chair of the math department at Stony Brook University in New York remain instrumental to fields such as string theory, topology and condensed matter physics.

“Today, the science community lost one of its brightest luminaries. With the establishment of the Simons Foundation, Jim Simons and his wife, Marilyn, took the lead in advancing scientific research across the country and around the world. Jim will surely serve as a source of inspiration for generations of scientists to come,” STAC Co-Chair Mary Woolley said. “Jim led an adventurous life. He didn’t fear taking risks when it came to great science, and he was a great judge of quality in people — and ideas. I am honored to have worked with Jim and pass along my condolences to Marilyn and all his family.”

As we reflect on Jim’s legacy, STAC extends its deepest condolences to his family, particularly his wife, Marilyn, colleagues and all who have been touched by his remarkable contributions.

The Science & Technology Action Committee (STAC) is a group of 25 non-profit, academic, foundation, and corporate leaders working to dramatically strengthen U.S. science and technology. The Committee is co-chaired by: Bill Novelli, Professor Emeritus and founder of Business for Impact at Georgetown University and former CEO of AARP, Sudip Parikh, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Executive Publisher of the Science Family of Journals, Mary Woolley, President & CEO of Research!America, and Keith Yamamoto, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy at UCSF and President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).