Benedict H. (Dick) Gross is the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus at Harvard University. Dick received his A.B. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard, and taught at Princeton and Brown before joining the Harvard faculty in 1985. He has served as chair of the Department of Mathematics, and as the Dean of Harvard College. Among his awards and honors are the Cole Prize from the American Mathematical Society, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.
As an undergraduate at Harvard, Dick concentrated in mathematics. He was a recipient of a Sheldon fellowship after graduating, which he used to study music in Africa and Asia, and a Marshall Scholarship, which he took at Oxford University. He is now retired and living in the San Diego area, where he holds a part-time position in the mathematics department of UCSD.