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Astronomers Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 09:53

This announcement is adapted from a National Academy of Sciences press release:

On 2 May the National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Among them are several AAS members and others working in the astronomical sciences.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and — with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine — provides science, engineering, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.

The newly elected researchers bring the total number of active members to 2,290 and the total number of foreign associates to 475. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

Newly elected members include the following:

  • Arkani-Hamed, Nima; professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.
  • Charbonneau, David; professor of astronomy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Cohen, Judith G.; Kate Van Nuys Page Professor of Astronomy, department of astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • González, Gabriela; spokesperson, LIGO Scientific Collaboration; and professor, department of physics and astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Mavalvala, Nergis; Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics and associate head, department of physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Among the newly elected foreign associates are the following:

  • Freeman, Kenneth C.; Duffield Professor of Astronomy, Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University, Weston Creek (Australia)
  • Starobinsky, Alexei Alexandrovich; principal researcher, Landau Institute of Theoretical Physics, Moscow (Russia)

Congratulations to these distinguished scientists!

Richard Tresch Fienberg
AAS Press Officer
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