Robert Zimmer

President, University of Chicago

Robert J. Zimmer is the Ford Foundation Professor and Professor of Mathematics and the ninth provost of Brown University.

Before coming to Brown University, Provost Zimmer served in a number of administrative capacities at the University of Chicago, including department chair (1991-95), associate provost for research and education (1995-98), deputy provost for research (1998-2000), deputy provost (2000-01), and vice president for research and for Argonne National Laboratory (2000 to present).

A graduate of Brandeis University (A.B., summa cum laude, 1968), Zimmer earned his graduate degrees at Harvard (A.M., mathematics, 1971; Ph.D., mathematics, 1975).

He began his academic career as assistant professor of mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975, and joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1977 as L.E. Dickson instructor of mathematics. He advanced to associate professor (1979) and professor (1980), and was named Mason Professor in 1996. He also served as professor of mathematics at the University of California Berkeley from 1981 to 1983 and has held visiting positions or long-term summer appointments at universities in Europe, Australia and Israel.

The author of two books and more than 80 research articles, Zimmer's primary intellectual interests include ergodic theory, Lie groups, discrete subgroups, differential geometry, transformation groups, group representations, foliations and related questions of geometry, group theory and analysis. He has served on the editorial boards of Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, Geometriae Dedicata, and Journal of Geometric Analysis and is series editor of the Chicago Lectures in Mathematics Series.