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Dr. Robert J. Zimmer
Robert J. Zimmer is the President of the University of Chicago.
Prior to becoming President, Zimmer was a faculty member in the Mathematics Department and UChicago administrator, serving as Chairman of the Mathematics Department, Deputy Provost, and Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory. He also was Provost at Brown University from 2002-2006, returning to Chicago in 2006 to become President of the University.
As President, he serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory; Chair of the Board of Directors of Fermi Research Alliance LLC, the operator of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Marine Biological Laboratory. He was a member of the National Science Board, the governing body of the National Science Foundation, from 2011 to 2016 and also served on the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science from 2008 to 2010. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Zimmer is the author of two books and more than 80 mathematical research articles.
He earned his A.B. from Brandeis and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard, and has honorary degrees from Tsinghua University and Colby College.