John Griggs Thompson Distinguished University Prof
3062 East Hall
Phone: (734) 764-0361
- Algebra/Algebraic Geometry
My interests are in finite simple groups; group extensions and cohomology; finite aspects of Lie theory and algebraic group theory; infinite dimensional groups and Lie algebras; nonassociative algebras; vertex operator algebras; rational lattices and their isometry groups.
Robert L. Griess has been awarded a Collegiate Professorship. 2011
His professorship will be named in honor of Richard Brauer, a member of the U-M Mathematics faculty from 1948-1952. A Collegiate Professorship is one of the highest honors the College and the University can bestow upon an eminent member of the faculty.
Robert L. Griess Jr. received the AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for a Seminal Contribution to Research. 2010
Presented annually by the American Mathematical Society, the Steele Prize is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics.
Robert L. Griess, Jr., received the University's Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, recognizing his commitment to the development of a more culturally and ethnically diverse campus community. 2004
For ten years, Griess has led the department's annual effort in the King/Chavez/Parks College Day visitation program. He displays his commitment to diversity through taking personal and direct interest in students from under-represented minorities who enter the mathematics program.