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Ph.D. Princeton Unviersity, Princeton, New Jersey, 1966
Jaffe's major scientific work has been in quantum field theory and the mathematics it inspires. After serving as president of the AMS, he became Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. In both roles he was a strong advocate for mathematics and science and participated in bringing together different scientific societies to focus on increasing government support of research.
In 1998, Jaffe guided the conception of the Clay Mathematics Institute and served as its founding president from 1999 to 2002. Jaffe is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is the Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science at Harvard University. Jaffe is a Fellow of the AMS.