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    The New York Academy of Sciences honors distinguished individuals through its Fellowship and Honorary Life Member awards. These awards are highly regarded in the international science community and reflect the Academy's commitment to excellence, its heritage, and serving its worldwide membership.

    Honorary Life Members | Academy Fellows

    Honorary Life Members

    Richard Axel

    Inducted 2006
    Neuroscientist; fundamental work on the sense of smell
    Nobel Laureate, Physiology and Medicine (2004)
    Gairdner Foundation Award and many other awards
    Howard Hughes Investigator
    Columbia University Health Sciences Center

    Gro Harlem Brundtland

    Inducted 2001
    Director of the World Health Organization
    Former Minister of the Environment and Former Prime Minister of Norway
    She has spent much of her political career working on issues of global significance. She established and chaired the World Commission on Environment and Development, which led to the creation of the Earth Summit—the United Nations conference on environment and development in Rio de Janeiro. Now, as director of the World Health Organization, she is using her skills as doctor, politician, activist, and manager to carry out the organization's mission.

    Francis Crick

    Inducted 2004
    Co-discover of structure of DNA, molecular biologist, and neurobiologist.
    Formerly the J.W. Kieckhefer Distinguished Research Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Research, La Jolla, CA

    Mildred Spiwak Dresselhaus

    Inducted 2000
    The recently named Director of Science for the US Department of Energy
    A long-time member of the MIT faculty, she has received the National Medal of Science and 16 honorary degrees
    Her research has spanned many areas of solid state physics, especially carbon science.

    Judah Folkman

    Inducted 2005
    For his work in molecular biology, angiogenesis research, and cancer biology.
    Former Director, Vascular Biology Program & Senior Associate in Surgery and Director, Surgical Research Laboratory, Children's Hospital, Boston MA
    He was also professor of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School.

    William T. Golden

    Inducted 2004
    Leader, designer, and friend of numerous scientific organizations.
    Honorary Lifetime Governor of the New York Academy of Sciences
    Chairman Emeritus, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

    Dudley R. Herschbach

    Inducted 2002
    Nobel Laureate
    Dudley Herschbach has been Baird Professor of Science at Harvard University, where he has also served as chairman of the Chemical Physics Program and the Chemistry Department. Among his many awards have been the Linus Pauling Medal, the National Medal of Science, and the 1986 Nobel Prize in chemistry for "contributions concerning the dynamics of chemical elementary processes." Dr. Herschbach is also nationally recognized for his efforts to improve K-12 science education and the public understanding of science.

    Tsung-Dao Lee

    Inducted 2000
    Enrico Fermi Professor in the Department of Physics, Columbia University
    Nobel Laureate (1953)
    Co-winner of the Nobel Prize in physics in 1953 for research showing that parity is not conserved in weak interactions, one of the most important discoveries in the development of modern high energy and particle physics.

    Ernst Mayr

    Inducted 2002
    Ernst Mayr was called the "greatest living evolutionary biologist."
    He was best known for clarifying how a new species forms and adapts to changes in its environment, work which integrates the theories of Darwin and Mendel. After two decades at the American Museum of Natural History, he went to Harvard in 1953, where he was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Emeritus.
    Recipient of the National Medal of Science, as well as the "triple crown" of biology—the Balzan Prize, the International Prize for Biology, and the Crafoord Prize.

    Matthew Meselson

    Inducted 2005
    For his work in genetics, molecular biology, and on chemical and biological agents.
    The Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Natural Sciences, Department of Molecular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Faculty Chair, Chemical & Biological Weapons Studies at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    Co-Director, Harvard Sussex Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    Adjunct Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

    P. Roy Vagelos

    Inducted 2006
    Biochemist; seminal work in fatty acid metabolism which led to the development of statin drugs
    Chairman of the Board and CEO (retired), Merck & Co. Inc.
    Chairman, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons Development Campaign
    Member, National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine
    Member, National Business Hall of Fame

    Harold Varmus

    Inducted 2001
    Former Director of the National Institutes of Health
    Nobel Laureate
    President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York
    In addition to authoring over 300 scientific papers and four books, Varmus has been an advisor to the federal government, pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, and many academic institutions. Currently, he serves on the World Health Organization's Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, advisory committees on electronic publishing, and a National Research Council panel on genetically modified organisms.


    Academy Fellows

    Robert R. Alfano

    Inducted 1999
    Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering, City College of New York, CUNY

    Ralph Alpher

    Inducted 2000
    Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Physics, Union College

    Bruce Ames

    Inducted 2000
    Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

    Jesse H. Ausubel

    Inducted 1999
    Senior Research Associate, The Rockefeller University

    Phaedon Avouris

    Inducted 1999
    Manager, Nanometer Scale Science and Technology, T.J. Watson Research Center, IBM Corporation

    Linda G. Basch

    Inducted 2002
    Executive Director of the National Council for Research on Women, a working alliance of 95 university-based and policy-oriented research centers focused on women and girls
    She directs and manages research, publications, conferences, and links to academic institutions, national non-profit organizations, and corporations.

    M. Flint Beal

    Inducted 2005
    For his work in neurodegenerative disorders and antioxidant damage.
    Chairman of Neurology and Neuroscience, and Neurologist-in-Chief, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York

    Dimitri Beskos

    Inducted 2006
    Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Patras, Greece
    Computational mechanics, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering

    Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

    Inducted 2002
    Professor and founding director of the Institute on Child and Family Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University
    National Fellow, Harvard University Multi-disciplinary Training Program in Inequality and Social Policy
    Winner, The Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy Award, the American Psychological Association.

    Andrea Califano

    Inducted 2005
    For his work in computational and systems biology
    Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
    Co-Director, Center for Computational Biochemistry and Biosystems
    Chief of Bioinformatics Division, Department of Biomedical Informatics
    Director, Genome Center Bioinformatics, Columbia University, New York

    B. J. Casey

    Inducted 2006
    Director and Sackler Professor of Developmental Psychobiology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
    Development of brain circuitry in children with developmental disorders, using magnetic resonance imaging

    Brian T. Chait

    Inducted 2001
    Head, Laboratory of Mass Spectrometry and Gaseous Ion Chemistry, The Rockefeller University

    David Chang

    Inducted 2000
    President, Polytechnic University

    Virginia Cornish

    Inducted 2006
    Associate Professor of Chemistry, Columbia University
    Protein function at the molecular level, directed evolution to study enzyme function and engineering, manipulation of ribosome machinery to synthesize artificial polymers

    David Cowburn

    Inducted 2001
    Head, Laboratory of Physical Biochemistry, The Rockefeller University

    Ronald Dahl

    Inducted 2005
    For his work in adolescent development, pediatric sleep disorders, and behavioral/emotional heath in children
    The Staunton Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

    Christian de Duve

    Inducted 2001
    Christian de Duve Institute of Cellular Pathology, Brussels, Belgium

    Titia de Lange

    Inducted 2005
    For her work in cell biology, genetics, and telomeric complexes.
    The Leon Hess Professor, Head of Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics, The Rockefeller University, New York

    Claude Desplan

    Inducted 2006
    Professor, Department of Biology, New York University
    Genetic control of pattern development, retinal specification of color vision

    Samuel Devons

    Inducted 2001
    Professor emeritus of Physics, Columbia University

    Gerald M. Edelman

    Inducted 1999
    Chair, Neurobiology, The Scripps Research Institute

    Harvey V. Fineberg

    Inducted 1999
    Provost, Harvard University

    Vincent Fischetti

    Inducted 2006
    Professor and Chairman, Laboratory of Bacterial Pathogenesis and Immunology, The Rockefeller University
    Mechanism of bacterial pathogenesis and immune response to infections

    Alan Friedman

    Inducted 1999
    Director, New York Hall of Science

    Elaine Fuchs

    Inducted 2004
    Professor and HHMI Investigator, The Rockefeller University, New York

    Sam Gandy

    Inducted 2002
    Director, Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
    A frequent speaker on immunology and aging, he is chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Fisher Foundation for Alzheimer's Research.

    Emmanuel Gdoutos

    Inducted 2001
    Director, Laboratory of Applied Mechanics, Department of Civil Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

    Uwe Gielen

    Inducted 2006
    Professor of Psychology, St. Francis College
    Cross-cultural psychology, moral development, gender roles

    Robert Goldberger

    Inducted 2000
    Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus of Health Sciences, Columbia University

    Matthew Goldstein

    Inducted 2000
    Chancellor, City University of New York

    Jordan Grafman

    Inducted 2001
    Chief, Cognitive Neuroscience Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, Maryland

    Daniel Griffith

    Inducted 2000
    Professor, Department of Geography, Syracuse University

    Godfrey Gumbs

    Inducted 2001
    Department of Physics and Astronomy, Hunter College, City University of New York

    Lloyd Guth

    Inducted 2005
    For his work in neuroscience and on spinal cord injuries
    Visiting Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Reeve-Irvine Research Center, UCI School of Medicine, Irvine, CA

    William Haseltine

    Inducted 2004
    Molecular biologist and entrepreneur; Chairman and CEO, Human Genome Sciences, Inc., Rockville, MD

    Herbert Hauptman

    Inducted 2001
    President, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Buffalo, New York

    Norman Horing

    Inducted 2006
    Professor of Physics, Stevens Institute of Technology
    Semiconductor and nanostructure science, particularly dielectric properties and quantum transport

    Frances Degen Horowitz

    Inducted 2000
    President, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York

    D. Frank Hsu

    Inducted 1999
    Professor of Computer Science, Fordham University

    Mohammad Jamshidi

    Inducted 2004
    Regents Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

    Steve Jonas

    Inducted 2004
    Professor of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY

    Calestous Juma

    Inducted 2000
    Senior Research Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

    Gabor J. Kalman

    Inducted 1981
    Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Physics, Boston College

    Lisa Klein

    Inducted 2001
    Department of Ceramics and Materials Engineering, Rutgers University

    Mary-Jeanne Kreek

    Inducted 2000
    Professor, Biology of Addictive Diseases, The Rockefeller University

    Harvey D. Kushner

    Inducted 1976
    President, Kushner Management Planning Corporation

    George Ainsworth Land

    Inducted 1977
    Chairman, CEO, Owner, The FarSight Group
    Chairman, Leadership 2000
    Research concentrating on Transformational change processes.

    Joseph LeDoux

    Inducted 2005
    For his work in neural science and the role of the amygdala and emotions.
    The Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science, Center for Neural Science, Department of Psychology, New York University, New York

    Tsu-Tien Lee

    Inducted 2001
    Department of Electrical and Control Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

    W. Ian Lipkin

    Inducted 2004
    Director, Center for Immunopathogenesis and Infectious Diseases, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York

    Richard Lokshin

    Inducted 2006
    Professor of Biological Sciences, St. John's University
    Pioneering work on programmed cell death

    Asad Madni

    Inducted 2000
    President and CEO, BEI Sensors and Systems Company, Inc.

    Dennis Mangano

    Inducted 2000
    Clinician and Researcher, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    Professor, University of California, San Francisco

    Richard Mayeux

    Inducted 2004
    Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York

    Roberta B. Miller

    Inducted 2002
    Director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network and Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University
    She has been a member of the Committee on Global Change Research of the National Research Council.

    Peter Model

    Inducted 2001
    Laboratory of Genetics, The Rockefeller University

    John Morrison

    Inducted 2006
    Dean of Basic Science and Professor of Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
    Neurodegeneration, synaptic plasticity, endocrine effects on cortical circuitry, Alzheimer's disease

    Fujio Numano

    Inducted 2002
    Director of the Tokyo Vascular Disease Institute and Emeritus Professor of the Tokyo Medical and Dental University. He has been a leader, internationally, in the field of atherosclerosis research.

    Iwao Ojima,

    Inducted 2000
    Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook

    Donald Orlic

    Inducted 2001
    National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

    David Perlin

    Inducted 2005
    For his work in microbiology and fungal infections
    Scientific Director, Public Health Research Institute, Newark, NJ

    Barbara Petrack

    Inducted 1999
    Senior Research Fellow, Norvartis (ret.)
    Dana Research Institute, Drew University

    Donald Pfaff

    Inducted 2006
    Professor, The Rockefeller University
    Molecular mechanisms of behavior, how the brain manages specific natural behaviors, and hormonal and genetic influences on generalized brain arousal

    Fred Plum

    Inducted 2002
    Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Neurosciences, Cornell University-Weill Medical College
    His principal research work involves the study of various aspects of the neurology of human consciousness.

    Shirley Raps

    Inducted 2002
    Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Hunter College
    Among her many awards was a major grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Biological Sciences Education Program.

    H. Bruce Rinker

    Inducted 2002
    Director of Research and Conservation, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida
    Mr. Rinker is a distinguished pioneer in the field of forest canopy ecology.

    Nancy Russo

    Inducted 2006
    Regents Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, Arizona State University
    Conceptualization of gender and the psychology of women

    Mortimer D. Sackler

    Inducted 2000
    Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Purdue Pharma L.P.

    Raymond R. Sackler

    Inducted 2000
    Co-Chief Executive Office, Purdue Pharma L.P.

    Oliver W. Sacks

    Inducted 1999
    Neurologist
    Author, Awakenings (1973), An Anthropologist on Mars (1995), and many more.

    A. George Schillinger

    Inducted 1999
    Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Management, Polytechnic University

    Daniel Schutzer

    Inducted 1999
    Vice President and Director of External Standards and Advanced Technology, e-Citi, Citibank

    Saw-Teen See

    Inducted 2005
    For her work in structural and civil engineering
    Managing Partner, Leslie E. Robertson Associates

    Suresh P. Sethi

    Inducted 1999
    Ashbel Smith Professor of Operations Management, University of Texas at Dallas

    Bassam Shakhashiri

    Inducted 2002
    Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin and holder of the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair
    He has made significant contributions to United States National Science Policy, toward scientific literacy and the public understanding of science, and to the development of a highly qualified scientific workforce.

    David E. Shaw

    Inducted 1999
    President, D. E. Shaw & Co.

    Carol Shoshkes-Reiss

    Inducted 2005
    For her work in virology and neuroimmunology
    Professor, Department of Biology, New York University
    Adjunct Professor of Microbiology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University
    Adjunct Professor of Microbiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
    Editor-in-Chief, Viral Immunology

    Sydel F. Silverman

    Inducted 1999
    President, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

    Samuel Silverstein

    Inducted 2000
    Professor, Department of Physiology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Anna Marie Skalka

    Inducted 2000
    Director, Basic Science, Fox Chase Cancer Center

    Lowell Steele

    Inducted 1999
    Vice President (ret.), General Electric Co.
    Consultant, Technology Planning and Management
    Adjunct Professor Emeritus, Polytechnic University

    Ralph Steinman

    Inducted 2006
    Henry Kunkel Professor, , The Rockefeller University
    Director of Christopher Browne Center for Immunology and Immune Diseases, The Rockefeller University
    Professor and Senior Physician, The Rockefeller University
    Discover of dendritic cells
    Research focuses on the biology of dendritic cells, antigen uptake and its control with the long term goal of enhancing or controlling the immune system
    2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity

    Gustavo Stolovitzky

    Inducted 2006
    Manager, Functional Genomics and Systems Biology Group, Computational Biology Center, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
    Data mining of high-throughput biological data, reverse engineering biological circuits and the mathematical modeling of biological processes

    Gerald Sussman

    Inducted 2004
    Matsushita Professor of Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

    Shirley Tilghman

    Inducted 2005
    For her work in genetics and molecular biology
    President and Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

    Nancy Tooney

    Inducted 2002
    Associate Dean for Engineering and Applied Sciences, Polytechnic University
    She is currently project director and principal investigator for a NSF grant in support of disadvantaged students in Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarships.

    Joseph F. Traub

    Inducted 1999
    Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University

    Kosta Tsipis

    Inducted 1999
    Principal Research Scientist, and Founder and Director, Program in Science & Technology for International Security, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Thomas Tuschl

    Inducted 2005
    For his work in the regulatory mechanisms of RNA interference and nuclear pre-mRNA splicing
    Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Associate Professor and Head of Laboratory for RNA Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University, New York

    Neil de Grasse Tyson

    Inducted 1999
    Visiting Research Scientist and Lecturer in Astrophysics, Princeton University
    Frederick P. Rose Director, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History

    Lawrence Wennogle

    Inducted 2006
    VP for Drug Discovery, Intra-Cellular Therapeutics, Inc., New York
    Company focus on drug development for treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases
    Previous research on brain cholecystokinin receptors

    George Yancopoulos

    Inducted 2005
    For his work in biochemistry, cell signaling, and biotechnology
    He is president of Laboratories, Chief Scientific Officer/Executive Vice-President, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., New York
    Adjunct Full Professor, Department of Microbiology, Columbia University, New York
    Adjunct Full Professor, Department of Microbiology, New York Medical College

    Myrna Weissman

    Inducted 2001
    New York Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

    George M. Whitesides

    Inducted 1999
    Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry, Harvard University

    Norton Zinder

    Inducted 2000
    John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Professor Emeritus, The Rockefeller University

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