The largest portion of the gift will support the university's Science Center, a central hub for undergraduate science and mathematics education, ensuring that the facility's labs, equipment, technology, and spaces are the best in the world. The gift also will create an exchange fund aimed at advancing collaborations in mathematics and applied mathematics between Harvard and universities in Israel and will support a postdoctoral fellowship in mathematical finance. The unrestricted portion of the gift will provide flexibility for FAS leadership to address pressing needs and green-light new opportunities that support students, faculty, facilities, and technology.
The 1990s Harvard College alumnus made the gift as a tribute to his father; as a show of confidence in the university's new president, Larry Bacow; and to commemorate the strategic leadership of Michael D. Smith, the Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 2007‒18.
"This remarkable gift will provide powerful momentum for the sciences at Harvard," said Bacow. "We are grateful to the donors for sharing our commitment to Harvard's academic mission and advancing life-changing scholarship. This is a critical investment in ideas that will create exponential value not only for Harvard students and faculty, but also for society as a whole."