Six OSA Members Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Six OSA Members Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2013—Six members of the Optical Society (OSA) were elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in scientific research and engineering. They were among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected to the NAS in 2013.
OSA fellows elected to the National Academy of Sciences are:
  • Robert W. Field, Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Naomi J. Halas, Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and director, Laboratory for Nanophotonics, Rice University, USA
  • Henry C. Kapteyn, professor of physics and fellow, JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
OSA fellows and members elected as foreign associates are:
  • Winfried Denk, director, Department of Biomedical Optics, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany
  • John B. Pendry, professor, Department of Physics, and chair of theoretical solid state physics, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Anton Zeilinger, professor of experimental physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Austria
Members and foreign associates are elected to the NAS annually. The current election brings the total number of active members of the NAS to 2,179 and the total number of foreign associates to 437. 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.
For a list of all of this year’s elected members and associates, view the full NAS press release.

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