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Arthur M. Jaffe
Arthur Jaffe at his office in 2005
|Born||December 22, 1937|
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
Clare College, Cambridge
|Doctoral advisor||Arthur Wightman|
|Doctoral students||Ezra Getzler|
Arthur Michael Jaffe (; born December 22, 1937) is an American mathematical physicist at Harvard University, where in 1985 he succeeded George Mackey as the Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science.
Jaffe attended Princeton University as an undergraduate obtaining a degree in chemistry in 1959, and later Clare College, Cambridge, as a Marshall Scholar, obtaining a degree in mathematics in 1961. He then returned to Princeton, obtaining a doctorate in physics in 1966 with Arthur Wightman. His whole career has been spent teaching mathematical physics and pursuing research at Harvard University. His 26 doctoral students include Joel Feldman, Ezra Getzler, and Clifford Taubes. He has had many post-doctoral collaborators, including Robert Schrader, Konrad Osterwalder, Juerg Froehlich, Roland Sénéor, Thomas Spencer, and Antti Kupiainen.
For several years Jaffe was president of the International Association of Mathematical Physics, and later of the American Mathematical Society. He chaired the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. He presently serves as Chair of the Board of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Theoretical Physics.
Jaffe conceived the idea of the Clay Mathematics Institute and its programs, including the employment of research fellows and the Millennium Prizes in mathematics. He served as a founding Member, a founding member of the Board, and the founding President of that organization.
Arthur Jaffe began as chief editor of Communications in Mathematical Physics in 1979 and served for 21 years until 2001. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
With James Glimm, he founded the subject called constructive quantum field theory. Their major achievement was to establish existence theorems for two- and three-dimensional examples of non-linear, relativistic quantum fields.
Jaffe was married from 1971 to 1992 to Nora Frances Crow and they had one daughter, Margaret Collins, born in 1986. Jaffe was married to artist Sarah Robbins Warren from 1992 to 2002.