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AAAS fellows named

– The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) today (Monday, April 24) announced the election of 175 new fellows, 11 of them faculty members at the University of California, Berkeley.

Fellows and foreign honorary members are nominated and elected to the academy by current members. A membership comprised of scholars and practitioners from mathematics, physics, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts, public affairs and business, enables the academy to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and public policy research.

The new fellows from UC Berkeley are:


  • David Eisenbud, professor of mathematics
  • Stuart Jay Freedman, professor of physics
  • Robert Peichung Lin, professor of physics and director of the Space Sciences Laboratory
  • Pravin Varaiya, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences
  • A. Richard Newton, dean of the College of Engineering
  • David Patterson, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences
  • Michael Botchan, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology
  • George Oster, professor of environmental science, policy, and management and of molecular and cell biology
  • Tulio Halperin-Donghi, professor of history
  • Richard Taruskin, professor of music
  • David Romer, professor of economics

Altogether, the new AAAS fellows represent more than 60 universities, a dozen corporations, as well as museums, research institutes, media outlets and foundations. They include former Presidents George H. W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton; Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and Rockefeller University President Sir Paul Nurse; the chairman and vice chairman of the 9/11 commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton; Elbert Rutan, designer and constructor of the Voyager, the first vehicle to circumnavigate the earth without refueling and other renowned experimental aircraft; and Stanford University law professor Lawrence Lessig.

The academy will welcome this year's new class at its annual induction ceremony on Oct. 7 at its headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.