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Five elected to National Academy of Sciences

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In recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, five Harvard professors recently joined 67 other U.S. scientists and engineers to be elected members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The election, which was held April 20 during the 141st annual meeting of the academy, brings the total number of active members to 1,949.

A private organization dedicated to furthering science and its use for general welfare, NAS was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation. The academy serves as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

The newly elected NAS members from Harvard are Lawrence Bobo, Norman Tishman and Charles M. Diker Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies; Dean of Harvard College Benedict H. Gross, George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Mathematics; Mark T. Keating, professor of cell biology and pediatrics; Charles M. Lieber, Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry; and John T. Potts Jr., Jackson Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine.

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