Boston University Department of Computer Science Professor Leonid Levin was elected as a new member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)! The NAS is a society of “distinguished scholars charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.” Members are nominated by their peers and elected because of their outstanding contributions to research.
Below is the press release from the NAS website. Congratulations, Leonid!
The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 100 new members and 25 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Forty percent of the newly elected members are women—the most ever elected in any one year to date.
Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,347 and the total number of foreign associates to 487. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.
The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and—with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine—provides science, engineering, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.