American Academy of Arts and Sciences Honors Two Earth Institute Scientists

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Honors Two Earth Institute Scientists

The Earth Institute at Columbia University is proud to announce the recent election of Earth Institute scientists Paul Richards and Pedro Sanchez to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The pair joins three other Columbia scholars in receiving the honor this year.

One of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy has been electing prominent leaders from the sciences, the arts and humanities, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector to contribute their wealth of experience and knowledge to complex studies on emerging problems.

"The Academy honors excellence by electing to membership remarkable men and women who have made preeminent contributions to their fields, and to the world," said Academy President Emilio Bizzi. "We are pleased to welcome into the Academy these new members to help advance our founders' goal of 'cherishing knowledge and shaping the future.'"

The 2008 Columbia honorees are:

  • Peter Bearman, Jonathan Cole Professor of the Social Sciences; Director, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy; Director, Paul F. Lazarsfield Center for Social Sciences
  • Richard A. Friesner, Professor of Chemistry
  • Orhan Pamuk, Professor of Comparative Literature
  • Paul G. Richards, Mellon Professor of Natural Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Pedro A. Sanchez, Senior Research Scholar, International Research Institute for Climate Prediction; Director of Tropical Agriculture at The Earth Institute

The new class, which will be inducted on October 11 at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will continue to carry on the now 228 year tradition of developing practical policy solutions to globally relevant issues.