Do You Know Your Academy History?

Preview our past, present, and future!

Published November 21, 2016

Do You Know Your Academy History?

It's official, we've begun our year-long celebration of our Bicentennial Year! And you play an important role in the celebration, because for the past 200 years, our Members and extended community here in New York and around the globe, have made us what we are.

From our founder Samuel Mitchill to US President Thomas Jefferson, to our first female member Erminnie Smith and our Board Member Marie Maynard Daly (the first African-American woman to receive a PhD in Chemistry in the US), to those who have helped found institutions like New York University and the American Museum of Natural History, to the young people in our Global STEM Alliance who will be tomorrow's leaders, our Members past and present are a remarkable bunch!

As part of the launch of our Bicentennial Year, we are sharing some highlights from our history to help you get to know what's been happening for the past 200 years, with an eye towards what we might accomplish together in our Third Century.

Check out our interactive Timeline on the new Bicentennial website that we just launched. We'll be adding more content in the months ahead, but this is a fun preview of some important moments and figures from our history.

Also, watch the video below, which was made with the help of many Members and staff.

Want to support the future of science? Please give $200 now in honor of our 200 years and receive the Academy's Bicentennial calendar as a gift!