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Personal Profile of Dr. Phillip A. Griffiths

Dr. Phillip A. Griffiths
Professor Emeritus
School of Mathematics

Home Page: https://www.ias.edu/people/faculty-and-emeriti/griffiths
Biography

Phillip A. Griffiths is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, where he served as Director from 1991–2003 and then Professor of Mathematics until he retired in 2009. Prior to joining the Institute, he was Provost and James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics at Duke University for eight years. From 1972–83 he was a Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University. He has also taught at Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Member in the Institute’s School of Mathematics from 1968–1970.

Dr. Griffiths chairs the Science Initiative Group, an international team of scientists dedicated to building science and engineering capacity in developing countries through innovative programs including the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI) and the African Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE).

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Griffiths received his PhD from Princeton University. Among his professional associations, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations, a Foreign Associate of TWAS (the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World) and of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, and an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. He was a member of the National Science Board from 1991–1996. A former member of the Boards of Directors of Bankers Trust New York Corporation and GSI Group, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Oppenheimer Funds.

Dr. Griffiths has four children and eleven grandchildren. His wife Marian is a retired neurologist.

Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Apr 01, 2010 Feb 28, 2017

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Dec 01, 1979 Sep 30, 1985
Board of Trustees Feb 21, 2008 Mar 01, 2012
Board of Trustees Chair of the Board (4/1/10 - 3/31/13) Apr 01, 2010 Mar 31, 2013
Committee on Trustees Mar 01, 2008 Mar 01, 2009
Committee on Trustees Mar 02, 2009 Mar 01, 2010
Committee on Trustees Chair, Ex officio Apr 01, 2010 Mar 31, 2013
Development Committee Ex officio member (Board Chair) Apr 01, 2010 Mar 31, 2013
Endowment Campaign Committee Ex officio, Chair of the Board Jul 01, 2010 Mar 31, 2013
Finance Committee Ex-officio member (Board Chair) Apr 01, 2010 Mar 07, 2012
Recompetition Committee Feb 20, 2008 Jul 08, 2010
Steering Committee Chair, Ex officio Apr 01, 2010 Mar 31, 2013
  1. Workshop Raising the floor: Progress and setbacks in the struggle for quality mathematics education for all

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    May 09, 2006
    Tuesday
    12:00 AM - 01:30 PM
      Comments on the National Academies’ Report, ‘Rising Above the Gathering Storm’
    Phillip Griffiths (Institute for Advanced Study)
    07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
      Comments on the National Academies’ Report, ‘Rising Above the Gathering Storm’
    Phillip Griffiths (Institute for Advanced Study)