National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the public good.

An Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 at the height of the Civil War, calls upon the NAS to provide independent advice to the government on matters related to science and technology. The National Research Council was created under the NAS charter in 1916 to extend the scope of the NAS in its advisory role. The National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine were organized under the NAS charter in 1964 and 1970, respectively.

National Academy of Sciences Members

2012

John B. Goodenough
Mechanical Engineering

2011

Peter J. Rossky
Chemistry

2010

Allan H. MacDonald
Physics

2009

Thomas J.R. Hughes
Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

2008

Richard W. Aldrich
Neurobiology

Wilson S. Geisler III
Psychology

David M. Hillis
Integrative Biology

2006

Paul F. Barbara*
Chemistry & Biochemistry

2004

Alan M. Lambowitz
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Nancy A. Moran
Integrative Biology

1996

Karl W. Butzer
Geography

1994

William H. Press
Computer Sciences

1992

Abram Amsel*
Psychology

Harry L. Swinney
Physics

1991

Luis A. Caffarelli
Mathematics

1990

Bryce S. DeWitt*
Physics

1988

Robert E. Dickinson
Geological Sciences

1986

Gérard de Vaucouleurs*
Astronomy

Karen K. Uhlenbeck
Mathematics

1982

Allen J. Bard
Chemistry & Biochemistry

1976

Richard C. Starr*
Botany

1975

Jack E. Myers*
Zoology

1973

Harold C. Bold*
Botany

Lester J. Reed
Chemistry & Biochemistry

1972

Steven Weinberg
Physics & Astronomy

1969

John T. Tate
Mathematics

1968

Verne E.Grant*
Botany

1965

R. H. Bing*
Mathematics

1955

Esmond E. Snell*
Microbiology

1948

Karl Folkers*
Chemistry

1946

Roger J. Williams*
Clayton Foundation Biochemical Institute

1941

John T. Patterson*
Zoology

1938

Theophilus S. Painter*
Zoology

1934

H. S. Vandiver*
Mathematics

1931

Hermann J. Muller*
Biology

 

* (deceased)

 

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