David Armitage, the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard, has been elected a corresponding fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s national academy of science and letters.
Established in 1783 under a charter granted by King George III for the “advancement of learning and useful knowledge in Scotland,” one of the organization’s founding members was Adam Smith. Membership has since included Walter Scott (past president), William Wordsworth, James Hutton, Charles Darwin, John Logie Baird, James Clark Maxwell, Niels Bohr, and Francis Crick.
The society currently has nearly 1,500 living fellows; among its other current fellows from Harvard are Bernard Bailyn, Michael E. Porter, Amartya Sen, and E.O. Wilson.