# Benedict Gross

Benedict Gross | |
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Born | June 22, 1950 |

Nationality | American |

Fields | Mathematics |

Institutions | Harvard University |

Alma mater |
Harvard University Oxford University |

Doctoral advisor | John Tate |

Doctoral students |
Keith Conrad Henri Darmon Noam Elkies Dipendra Prasad |

Known for | Gross–Zagier theorem |

Notable awards | Cole Prize (1987) |

**Benedict Hyman Gross** (born June 22, 1950) is an American mathematician, the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University and former Dean of Harvard College.^{[1]}

He is known for his work in number theory, particularly the Gross–Zagier theorem on L-functions of elliptic curves, which he researched with Don Zagier.

## Professional career

In 1971 he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University. He then received an M.Sc. from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar in 1974 before returning to Harvard and completing his Ph.D. in 1978, under John Tate.^{[1]}^{[2]}

After holding faculty positions at Princeton University and Brown University, Gross became a tenured professor at Harvard in 1985^{[1]} and has remained there ever since, as Dean of Harvard College from 2003 to 2007.^{[3]} He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992^{[4]} and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2004.^{[5]}

One of his past Ph.D. students was Noam Elkies.^{[2]}

Benedict Gross was the mathematical consultant^{[6]} for the 1980 film It's My Turn containing the famous scene^{[7]} in which Jill Clayburgh impeccably proves the snake lemma.

## Awards and honors

Gross, Zagier, and Dorian M. Goldfeld won the Cole Prize of the American Mathematical Society in 1987 for their work on the Gross–Zagier theorem.^{[8]} In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.^{[9]}

## See also

## References

- 1 2 3 Curriculum vitae from Gross' web site at Harvard, retrieved 2010-04-21.
- 1 2 Benedict Gross at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- ↑ Gross Officially Named Dean of the College,
*Harvard Crimson*, April 8, 2003; Gross Stretches to Prepare for New Roles,*Harvard Crimson*, May 16, 2003; With Goals Accomplished, Gross Leaves Overhauled College: His efforts were to 'improve the undergraduate experience,' dean says,*Harvard Crimson*, June 29, 2007; Exit Gross,*Harvard Crimson*, September 21, 2007. - ↑ List of Active Members by Classes, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, retrieved 2010-04-21.
- ↑ National Academies news: 72 new members chosen by academy, The National Academies, April 2004, retrieved 2010-04-21.
- ↑ "Benedict Gross - Miscellaneous Crew". IMDb.com.
- ↑ "It's My Turn (1980) Snake Lemma".
- ↑ Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory, AMS, retrieved 2010-04-21.
- ↑ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-19.