National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

About the Academy

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the advancement of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Academy membership is composed of approximately 2,350 members and 485 foreign associates, of whom nearly 190 have won Nobel Prizes. Members and foreign associates of the Academy are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer.


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Diane Gifford-Gonzalez


Emily E. Brodsky
2020 Francis Nimmo
2019 Michael Dine
2019 Susan Strome
2017 James Zachos
2014 James Estes
2014 Thorne Lay
2010 Gary Glatzmaier
2008 Claire Max


David Haussler

2006 Stanford Woosley
2006 Robert L. Coffman
2003 Carol W. Greider
1992 Harry Noller


Sandra Faber


2007 Robert Edgar

In Memoriam: Robert S. Edgar (1930-2016)

2005 Marcia McNutt

McNutt to be nominated as director of U.S. Geological Survey

1996 Jerry Nelson

Astronomer Jerry Nelson, pioneering designer of large telescopes, dies at age 73

1986 Richard Musgrave

Renowned pioneer of public finance

1972 Frank Drake
1971 Robert Kraft

Robert P. Kraft, eminent astronomer and former director of UC Observatories, dies at age 87

1969 Harry Beevers

Eminent plant physiologist 

1967 Robert Sinsheimer

Pioneering biologist Robert L. Sinsheimer dies at age 97

1966 Donald Osterbrock

Eminent astronomer and former director of Lick Observatory 

1965 Terrell Hill

Biography - Terrell Hill

1964 George Herbig

George H. Herbig (1920-2013)

1964 Aaron C. Waters

Waters Award for Graduate Students

1954 Albert Whitford

Eminent astronomer and former director of Lick Observatory

1953 George Hammond

In Memoriam: George S. Hammond

1948 Kenneth V. Thimann

Kenneth V. Thimann, founding provost of Crown College