Established in 1780 by founders of the nation, the academy undertakes studies of complex and emerging problems. Current projects focus on science, technology and global security; social policy and American institutions; the humanities and culture; and education. The academy's membership of scholars and practitioners from many disciplines and professions gives it a unique capacity to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary, long-term policy research.
Since the academy's founding, its fellows have included George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
The academy will welcome this year's new class at its annual induction ceremony in October at its Cambridge, Mass. headquarters.
New members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences from MIT are:
- Nancy Ann Lynch, the NEC Professor of Software Science and Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Madhu Sudan, the Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
- Edward H. Adelson, the John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Vision Science
- Ricardo J. Caballero, the Ford International Professor of Economics
- Sir John Adam Thomson, research affiliate, Science, Technology and Global Security Working Group
- Barry R. Posen, Director of the MIT Security Studies Program and Ford International Professor of Political Science