Twenty from Harvard are among the 212 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to academy studies of science and technology policy, global security, social policy, and American institutions, the humanities, and education.
Since its founding in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots, the academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
Among the 2011 class of scholars, scientists, writers, and artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders are winners of the Nobel, Pulitzer, and Pritzker Prizes; the Turing Award; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; Kennedy Center Honors; and Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy awards.
The new class will be inducted at an Oct. 1 ceremony at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
The fellows from Harvard follow:
James Ireland Cash Jr., James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration Emeritus, Harvard Business School
Timothy J. Colton, Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies
David Paul Corey, professor of neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
George Q. Daley, professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology; professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Philip A. Fisher, Felice Crowl Reid Professor of English
Annette Gordon-Reed, professor of law; Carol Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute; professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Daniel Arie Haber, Kurt J. Isselbacher/Peter B. Schwartz Professor of Oncology, Harvard Medical School
Robert F. Higgins, senior lecturer of business administration, Harvard Business School
Jay Harold Jasanoff, Diebold Professor of Indo-European Linguistics and Philology
Farish Alston Jenkins Jr., professor of biology and curator of vertebrate paleontology; Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology; professor of anatomy
Alex S. Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy; Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Press and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Frances Myra Kamm, Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, professor of philosophy, Harvard Kennedy School
Thomas Forrest Kelly, Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music
Robert E. Kingston, professor of genetics, Harvard Medical School
David Laibson, Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics
Louis Menand, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English
W. Jason Morgan, visiting scholar, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Michael R. Van Valkenburgh, Charles Eliot Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Daniel Martin Wegner, John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James
For a complete list of the new academy members.