Zachary Wissner-Gross

Hertz Fellow: Zachary Wissner-Gross

Harvard University

Area of Study

Biotechnology; Biophysics

Fellowship Years

2007 - 2012

Zach is the Co-Founder and CEO of School Yourself, a publisher of digital math and science textbooks and online content that leverages a student’s computer or mobile device to provide an interactive and personalized educational experience. In 2015, School Yourself was acquired by Amplify Education, a digital K-12 education company, where he now works as a product manager for math curriculum and supplementals.

He completed his PhD in Physics at Harvard, where he studied the biophysics of neuronal symmetry breaking and won multiple awards for his teaching, including Harvard’s White Award for Excellence in Teaching. He attended MIT, where he majored in Physics and Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics.

Zach and his older brother, Alex, are the fourth pair of siblings to be named Hertz Fellows in the history of the Hertz Foundation.


2008 - Symmetry Breaking in Neuronal Development


2012 - The Newman Entrepreneurial Initiative
School Yourself is recreating education from the ground up by reformatting textbooks to take advantage of the interactive features on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. The company is “reimagining” education with the world’s most immersive and interactive books in math and science for middle and high school students.