Simons Foundation Co-Founder, Mathematician and Investor Jim Simons Dies at 86

The Simons Center is deeply saddened by the passing of Jim Simons. Jim and Marilyn Simons started the Simons Foundation, which has supported the Simons Center for the Social Brain since its founding. Jim's dedication to fundamental science and profound interest in advancing autism research shaped our center. In tribute to Jim and Marilyn's enduring legacy, we are committed to continuing our collaborative mission to drive forward this important cause.

About the Simons Center for the Social Brain

The mission of the Simons Center for the Social Brain is to understand the neural mechanisms underlying social cognition and behavior, and to translate this knowledge into better diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

The Simons Center studies the underlying mechanisms of ASD in both humans and relevant model organisms and systems, as neural correlates of social cognition and behavior exist in diverse species. Our approaches take advantage of MIT’s strengths in genetics and genomics, molecular and cell biology, analyses of neural circuits and systems, cognitive psychology, computation and engineering.

Our programs include funding for innovative, collaborative team projects and postdoctoral fellowships, as well as events that reach a wide audience, including a Colloquium Series and a Lunch Talks Series.