Robert C. Merton, Ph.d.
of the MIT Sloan School of Management from 1970 until 1988. Dr. Merton received the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1997 for a new method to determine the value of derivatives. He is past President of the American Finance Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Merton served as a member of the board of directors of Dimensional Funds from 2003 until 2009. Until September 2008, Dr. Merton was also a director and the Chief Science Officer of Trinsum, created in 2007 by a merger of Marakon Associates and Integrated Finance Limited, a specialized investment bank he co-founded in 2002. Dr. Merton served as a director of Community First Financial Group and Peninsula Banking Group from 2003 to 2010. He serves on advisory boards of several companies and institutions. Some of Dr. Merton’s other financial and accounting experience includes serving as a Senior Advisor to and Managing Director of JP Morgan Chase & Co. from 1999 to 2001, and a cofounder and principal of Long-Term Capital Management, L.P. He has received numerous academic awards and has lectured widely. Dr. Merton holds a B.S. degree in engineering mathematics from Columbia University, an M.S. degree in applied mathematics from the California Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. degree in economics from MIT. In addition, Dr. Merton holds numerous honorary degrees.