Two OSA Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences



Angela Stark
The Optical Society

Two OSA Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences

WASHINGTON, May 12—Two members of the Optical Society (OSA) have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. They were among 72 new members and 18 foreign associates, or nonvoting members of the Academy with citizenship outside the United States, elected April 28 during the 146th annual meeting of the Academy.

The OSA members elected to the Academy this year are:

James C. Bergquist, fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO

Paul B. Corkum, director, Institute for Molecular Sciences, Attosecond Science Program Steacie, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa

Members and foreign associates are elected annually. The current election brings the total number of active members of the National Academy of Sciences to 2,150 and the total number of foreign associates to 404.  Currently, as many as 72 members and 18 foreign associates may be elected each year.    For more information on the selection process, view an overview of the nomination and election process, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare.  It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

For a list of all of this year’s elected members and associates, view the full National Academies’ press release.

About OSA
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