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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the election of 175 new Fellows and 20 new Foreign Honorary Members. Those elected include two former presidents of the United States; the Chief Justice of the United States; a Nobel laureate; winners of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, drama, music, investigative reporting, and non-fiction; a former U.S. poet laureate; and a member of the French Senate.
The 195 scholars, scientists, artists, civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders come from 24 states and 13 countries, and range in age from 37 to 83. Represented among this year's newly elected members are more than 60 universities, a dozen corporations, as well as museums, research institutes, media outlets and foundations.
This year's new Fellows include former Presidents George H.W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton; Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts; Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and Rockefeller University President Sir Paul Nurse; the chairman and vice chairman of the 9/11 commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton; actor and director Martin Scorsese; choreographer Meredith Monk; conductor Michael Tilson Thomas; and New York Stock Exchange chairman Marshall Carter along with leading scientists and scholars from across the nation.
The newly elected class also includes: Elbert Rutan, designer and constructor of the Voyager, the first vehicle to circumnavigate the earth without refueling and other renowned experimental aircraft; Charles Thacker, designer of the world's first personal computer workstation; William Greenough of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, whose research provided the first clear evidence for the structural basis of memory; Michael Dawson, University of Chicago political scientist who has authored influential studies of race and politics in the United States; Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig, who is a leading expert on the legal and social consequences of the information revolution; Bancroft Prize-winning historian William Cronon; National Book Award-winning author Xuefei Jin; former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel; Los Angeles Times editor Dean Baquet; and New Yorker editor David Remnick; and Kenneth Chenault, Chairman and CEO of the American Express Company.
Foreign Honorary Members in this year's class come from Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East, and include former French Minister of Justice and current member of the French Senate, Robert Badinter; National University of Singapore President Shih Choon Fong; Japanese ecologist Yoh Iwasa; Ecuadorian biologist and Galapagos Islands champion Eugenia Del Pino Veintimilla; British author and playwright William Trevor; and Henri Loyrette, president and director of the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members are nominated and elected to the Academy by current members. A broad-based membership, comprised of scholars and practitioners from mathematics, physics, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts, public affairs and business, gives the Academy a unique capacity to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and public policy research.
"It gives me great pleasure to welcome these outstanding leaders in their fields to the Academy," said Academy President Patricia Meyer Spacks. "Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes individuals who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large."
"Throughout its history, the Academy has convened the leading thinkers of the day, from diverse perspectives, to participate in projects and studies that advance the public good," added …