Editor’s Note: James H. Simons (right) is chairman of the board of the Simons Foundation. Simons is also board chair and founder of Renaissance Technologies. Prior to his financial career, Simons served as chairman of the mathematics department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, taught mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, and was a cryptanalyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Princeton, New Jersey. Marilyn Hawrys Simons (left) is the president of the Simons Foundation. Under her leadership the foundation has grown rapidly since its inception in 1994 to become one of the country?s leading private funders of basic scientific research. Simons also has more than 25 years of experience actively supporting nonprofit organizations in New York City and Long Island.