WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Sciences today announced the
election of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 14 countries
in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in
The election was held this morning during the business session of
the 142nd annual meeting of the Academy. Election to membership in the
Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a
U.S. scientist or engineer. Those elected today bring the total number
of active members to 1,976.
Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with
citizenship outside the United States. Today's election brings the
total number of foreign associates to 360.
The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of
scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and
its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a
congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls
on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government,
upon request, in any matter of science or technology.
(Click here for list of newly elected members and their affiliations at the time of election.