Ph.D. Yale University, Connecticut, 1970
Arthur taught at Princeton University, Yale University and Duke University before coming to the University of Toronto in 1979. Although several past AMS presidents were born or trained outside the U.S., Arthur is the first to serve as president while in another country, Canada. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the fields of representation theory and automorphic forms, and is a mentor of young faculty and graduate students. Arthur has achieved many distinctions in his career, including being a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society of London, and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1999 he received the Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, making him the only mathematician to have won Canada's top award in science.
Arthur has been an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians three times and was invited to give an Address at the 2005 Abel Prize Celebration in honor of award winner Peter Lax. Arthur was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2014 and is a Fellow of the AMS.