This year’s new NAS members are Robert Field, the Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemistry; Victor Kac, professor of mathematics; David Vogan, professor of mathematics; and Graham Walker, professor of biology.
Including these four, 76 MIT faculty members now hold NAS membership. A total of 158 MIT affiliates — including emeritus and former faculty, current and former staff, and alumni — are members of the NAS.
The MIT professors were among 84 members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries elected to the NAS this year.
NAS membership is one of the highest honors afforded to scientists and engineers. Past members have included Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, and nearly 200 living NAS members have earned Nobel Prizes.
The new members will be inducted next April during the NAS’s annual meeting, held in Washington.
The NAS, when founded in 1863, called upon a group of scholars to “investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art” whenever requested by the government. There are currently 2,179 NAS members and 437 foreign associates.