Tuesday, April 21, 2009
George Joins Arts and Sciences Academy
By a MetNews Staff Writer
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences yesterday announced that Chief Justice Ronald M. George has been elected as a member.
Founded in 1780, the academy bills itself as one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and an independent policy research center undertaking studies of complex and emerging problems in the fields of science, technology, global security, social policy, the humanities, culture, and education.
Members are elected based on their “exceptional achievement” in science, scholarship, business, public affairs and the arts, according to the organization.
Justice J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal and Bancroft Prize-winning constitutional law scholar Michael Klarman of Harvard Law School were also elected as members.
The academy’s membership consists of scholars, scientists, jurists, writers, artists, civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders from 28 states and 11 countries, ranging in age from 33 to 83. Current members include more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
Academy President Emilio Bizzi praised the organization’s newest members as “remarkable men and women” who “have made singular contributions to their fields, and to the world.”
The new class of members will be inducted at a ceremony at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. on Oct. 10.
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