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**Robert Louis Griess, Jr.** (born 1945, Savannah, Georgia) is a mathematician working on finite simple groups and vertex algebras. He is currently the John Griggs Thompson Distinguished University Professor of mathematics at University of Michigan.

He constructed the monster group using the Griess algebra.

He received the AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for a Seminal Contribution to Research in 2010.

Griess is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (2020) and
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007).
In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.^{[1]}
He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians
in Warsaw in 1983.

- R. L. Griess, Jr,
*The Friendly Giant*, Inventiones Mathematicae 69 (1982), 1–102

**^**List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-19.

- Robert Griess at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Homepage at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Michigan