The Creation of the National Academy of Sciences
Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering and Medicine
Working for the National Academies, an employee has an opportunity to continue the legacy left by the men and women who came before them.
Their many achievements serve as a touchstone in our work today. Our workforce has been committed, challenged and dedicated to serving the Nation for over 140 years.
The Nation turns to the National Academies -- National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council -- for independent, objective advice on issues that affect people's lives worldwide.
Early Work of the National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences in the Late Nineteenth Century
Throughout our history we have broadened our services to the Nation. Established in 1863 by Congress, the National Academy of Sciences began a great work. In 1916 the National Research Council was established at the request of President Woodrow Wilson to recruit specialists from the larger scientific and technological communities to participate in that work. Under the authority of its charter, the National Academy of Sciences established the National Academy of Engineering in 1964 and the Institute of Medicine in 1970. In 2002 the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine became known collectively as the National Academies, while continuing to recognize the individual mission of each organization.
Today, as an institution of great prestige, the National Academies have a unique role in addressing worldwide human needs through scientific and technical communities.
It's our responsibility to preserve our legacy and continue the important work started in 1863. As employees of the National Academies we do this every day. Why not join us and contribute to some of the greatest thinking on Earth?