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Our Members

On April 28, 2015, the National Academy of Sciences elected 84 new members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, or National Academy of Medicine is considered one of the highest professional honors among scientists, engineers, and health professionals. Each year, new members are elected by current members based on outstanding achievement and commitment to service. Visit the NAS, NAE, and NAM membership sites for more information.

Members at a Glance

President Obama poses with several Academies members appointed to prominent positions early in his administration.

The National Academy of Sciences membership consists of approximately 2,200 members and 420 foreign associates, each of whom is affiliated with one of 31 disciplinary sections. The National Academy of Medicine has more than 1,800 members and foreign associates. The National Academy of Engineering has more than 2,000 peer-elected members and foreign associates.

More than 300 NAS, NAE, and NAM members are Nobel laureates.

The National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation have been awarded to more than 250 of our members.

Notable Members, Past and Present

Listen to InterViews of NAS member John Hildebrand (neuroscience).

Biographical Memoirs are brief biographies of influential National Academy of Sciences members such as Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Margaret Mead. Written by those who knew them or their work, these biographies provide a personal and scholarly view of the lives and work of America's most distinguished scientists and a biographical history of science in the United States. 

The National Academy of Engineering has published 12 volumes of memorial tributes to deceased members; the publications can be found on


Service to the Nation

Each year more than 6,000 experts, including Academy members, serve as volunteers on hundreds of study committees that examine some of society's most pressing issues. The results of their efforts frequently form the basis of public policies for decades to come.

In addition, members of our standing committees, roundtables, and groups such as the Presidents' Circle provide leadership, guidance, and support in many areas.

National Associates

More than 1,000 individuals have been awarded the lifetime designation of National Associate to formally honor their extraordinary service in serving on committees or acting as report reviewers.

Members in the News

NAS Member Wins Nobel in Economics

Oct. 12, 2015 -- The 2015 Nobel in economic sciences was awarded to NAS member Angus Deaton "for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare.

Members Share 2015 Nobel in Chemistry

Oct. 7 -- Paul Modrich, Aziz Sancar, and Tomas Lindahl have won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for mechanistic studies of DNA repair." Modrich is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine, and Sancar is an NAS member.

NAS Member and Foreign Associate Receive Nobel Prize in Medicine

Oct. 5, 2015 -- The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was divided, one half jointly to NAS member William C. Campbell and foreign associate Satoshi Ōmura "for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites" and the other half to Youyou Tu "for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against malaria."