2 at International Institute Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Among the six new fellows on the UCLA faculty are Sanjay Subrahmanyam, a historian who directs the UCLA Center for India and South Asia, and Rogers Brubaker, a sociologist who serves on the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Center for European and Eurasian Studies.

UCLA Newsroom

By Stuart Wolpert

Six UCLA professors are among 210 distinguished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and corporate and philanthropic leaders elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year, in recognition of their "preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large," the academy announced today.
The new fellows and 19 foreign honorary members join one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers. Founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, the academy has elected as fellows "the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation."
Previous fellows have included George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
UCLA's new fellows are:

    Eric Becklin
    Professor emeritus of physics and astronomy and director of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
    Rogers Brubaker
    Professor of sociology
    William Gelbart
    Distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry
    Stanley Osher
    Professor of mathematics and director of special projects at UCLA's Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics
    Sanjay Subrahmanyam
    Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indian History and director of the UCLA Center for India and South Asia
    Terence Tao
    Professor of mathematics and holder of the James and Carol Collins Chair in the UCLA College of Letters and Science

An independent policy research center, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences undertakes studies of complex and emerging problems. Current academy research focuses on science and global security, social policy, the humanities and culture, and education.
"Since 1780, the academy has served the public good by convening leading thinkers and doers from diverse perspectives to provide practical policy solutions to the pressing issues of the day," said Leslie Berlowitz, the academy's CEO and William T. Golden Chair. "I look forward to welcoming into the academy these new members to help continue that tradition."
"These remarkable men and women have made singular contributions to their fields and to the world," said academy President Emilio Bizzi.
The new class will be inducted at an Oct. 10 ceremony at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

Published: Tuesday, April 21, 2009