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New Members for 2022

The American Philosophical Society is pleased to welcome new Members elected to the Society in 2022. Election to the American Philosophical Society honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields. Read more

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March 2023

Robert J. Sampson (APS 2011) will be giving the 3rd Annual Ray Paternoster Memorial Lecture

Joanna Aizenberg (APS 2016) will deliver the 2023 Wallace H. Coulter Lecture at Pittcon.

Patrick Spero (APS 2019) to Helm the George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon

Postal Service Celebrates Author Toni Morrison (APS 1994) on New Forever Stamp

Andrew Delbanco (APS 2013) comments on "Are the Humanities in Crisis?"

Matthew Desmond (APS 2022) has written the article "Why Poverty Persists in America" in anticipation of his new book "Poverty, by America"

Roy (APS 1993) And Diana Vagelos Give Columbia University $175 Million For Biomedical Research And Education

APS member Paul A. David (APS 2003) died on January 23, 2023, in Palo Alto, CA, at the age of 87.  A copy of the Stanford obituary is pasted below.  He was an economic historian at Stanford best known for his research on technological change and how it affects social and economic behavior.

APS member Francisco José Ayala (APS 1984) died on March 3, 2023, in Irvine, CA, at the age of 88.  He was a Spanish-American evolutionary biologist, philosopher, and former Catholic priest who was a longtime faculty member at the University of California, Irvine and University of California, Davis, though his career ended in controversy.

APS member Fedwa Malti-Douglas (APS 2004) died on February 17, 2023, in Rhinebeck, NY, at the age of 77.  She mapped the discourse of gender and letters in the Arab Middle East and applied her insights to American culture, for which she was awarded the  2014 National Humanities Medal.

February 2023

Paul R. Ehrlich (APS 1990) has published Life: A Journey through Science and Politics

APS member Paul Berg (APS 1983) died on February 15, 2023, in Stanford, CA, at the age of 96.  He was a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who ushered in the era of genetic engineering in 1971 by successfully combining DNA from two different organisms.

APS member Kent Greenawalt (APS 1992) died on January 27, 2023, in New York City, NY, at the age of 86.  His primary interests involved constitutional law, especially First Amendment jurisprudence, and legal philosophy.

APS member Helene L. Kaplan (APS 1990) died on January 26, 2023, in New York City, NY, at the age of 89.  She was the first woman to chair the board of Carnegie Corporation of New York.

January 2023

National Academy of Sciences has announced it will present its 2023 Public Welfare Medal to Freeman A. Hrabowski, III (APS 2003)

The following members have won 2023 awards from the Franklin Institute:

  • Deb Niemeier (APS 2021), 2023 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science
  • Kenneth C. Frazier (APS 2018), 2023 Bower Award for Business Leadership
  • Richard N. Zare (APS 1991), 2023 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry
  • Elaine Fuchs (APS 2005), 2023 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science

Hanna Holborn Gray (APS 1981) will accept the Legend in Leadership Award from the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute

Robert Miller (APS 2014) has recently published A Promise Kept: The Muscogee (Creek) Nation and McGirt v. Oklahoma with Robbie Ethridge

Vicki L. Chandler (APS 2015) was appointed to the National Science Board

APS member Christopher Walsh (APS 2003) died on January 10, 2023, in Cambridge, MA, at the age of 79.  He was an internationally respected and unconventional enzymologist who revolutionized the study of antibiotics, including antibiotic resistance and the natural production by living organisms of molecules that can become new medicines.

APS member Sir Anthony Wrigley (APS 2001) died on February 24. 2022, in Cambridge, UK, at the age of 90. Tony Wrigley was a distinguished historical demographer and co-founder of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.

APS member Sir Peter Morris (APS 2002) died on October 29, 2022, in Witney, UK, at the age of 88. He was President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, founder of the Oxford Transplant Centre and director of the Centre for Evidence in Transplantation at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

APS member Sir John Elliott (APS 1982) died on March 10, 2022, in Oxford, UK, at the age of 91.  He published a massive biography of a 17th-century Spanish statesman, Gaspar de Guzmán, the count-duke of Olivares.

APS member Hans Belting (APS 2005) died on January 10, 2023, in Berlin, Germany, at the age of 87.  He was a German art historian and theorist of medieval and Renaissance art, as well as a scholar of contemporary art and image theory.

December 2022

Kamal Bawa (APS 2019) received the Global Lifetime Service Award from the Balipara Foundation

For ‘spirit of innovation,’ Vijay Kumar (APS 2018) among three from Penn named National Academy of Inventors Fellows

A rediscovery of the ancient world’: Anthony Grafton (APS 1993) discusses new book The Art of Discovery

President Ruth Simmons (APS 1997) completes 5 years of Dynamic Leadership at Prairie View A&M University

November 2022

Venki Ramakrishnan (APS 2020) receives Order of Merit

October 2022

Louise Glück (APS 2014) has published a new book, Marigold and Rose

Kathleen Hall Jamieson (APS 1997) will speak at the 2022 Stanfield Conversation, covering “Technology, Media Fragmentation, and the Crisis of Democracy in America

Orhan Pamuk (APS 2018) has published a new book, Nights of Plague

The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to Ben S. Bernanke (APS 2006), the former Federal Reserve chair

Carol Greider (APS 2016) to receive Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics

Jianguo "Jack" Liu (APS 2015) has been elected to the prestigious Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters

Annette Gordon-Reed (APS 2019) will discuss her book “On Juneteenth” at The University of Scranton’s Values In Action Lecture

Richard A. Meserve (APS 2002) has been selected as the recipient of the Joseph A. Burton Forum Award by the American Physical Society

David Tatel (APS 2007) will give the Edward Levi Distinguished Visiting Jurist lecture at University of Chicago

The SJU Nardi Symposium on Law and Justice will include the talk Civil Rights Queen: A Conversation with Tomiko Brown-Nagin (APS 2021)

Barbara J. Grosz (APS 2003), Higgins Research Professor of Natural Sciences at Harvard University, will be giving the lecture "Fostering Responsible Computing Research"

David A. Tirrell (APS 2019) will be the featured School of Molecular Sciences’ Eyring Lecture Series speaker at Arizona State University

Frank Wilczek (APS 2005) has won the Templeton Prize

Villanova University is pleased to award the 2022 Mendel Medal to Dr. William Newsome (APS 2011) from Stanford University

Darren Walker (APS 2021) Preaches at Church of the Heavenly Rest

Jill Abramson (APS 2012), the first woman to direct the New York Times, spoke on The Legacy of Women

September 2022

Angus Deaton (APS 2014) explains how COVID-19, deaths of despair, and a slow in progress on cardiovascular diseases led to a drop in life expectancy.

The Mendel Medal will be awarded to Dr. William Thomas Newsome, III (APS 2011) from Stanford University, for his contributions toward improved understanding of systems and cognitive neuroscience

David Hollinger (APS 2017) has published a new book, Christianity's American Fate: How Religion Became More Conservative and Society More Secular

Kathryn Sikkink (APS 2013) will moderate "Explaining Public-Sector Union Mobilization: A Mixed-Methods Approach with Evidence from Argentina"

Rebecca Richards-Kortum (APS 2017) will deliver the lecture "Designing and Delivering Medical Devices to Help Every Newborn, Everywhere Survive and Thrive"

APS member John W. O'Malley (APS 1997) died on September 11, 2022, in Baltimore, MD, at the age of 95. Father O’Malley was known for his scholarly works on the Catholic Church’s last four ecumenical councils as well as his many writings interpreting the 20th-century history of the Society of Jesus. He was an incredibly active member (serving, among other ways, as Vice President from 2010-16) and won the Society's Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History in 1993 and Henry Allen Moe Prize in the Humanities in 2013.

APS member A. Bruce Mainwaring (APS 2004) died on September 6, 2022, in Bryn Mawr, PA, at the age of 95. A highly successful businessman and philanthropist, Mainwaring had a lifelong interest in the sciences and was able to maintain an active interest in scholarly institutions, especially the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology.

APS member Saul A. Kripke (APS 2004) died on September 15, 2022, in New York, NY, at the age of 81.  Kripke was well-known for his work in philosophy of language and logic, with his Naming and Necessity widely recognized as one of the most important works of 20th Century analytic philosophy.

APS member Maarten Schmidt (APS 2000) died on September 17, 2022, in Fresno, CA, at the age of 92.  Schmidt was well known for his 1963 discovery of quasars—extremely bright and distant cosmic objects powered by active supermassive black holes.

APS member George A. Kennedy (APS 1984) died on July 28,2022, in Spring, TX, at the age of 94. Kennedy was a scholar of classical rhetoric and literature.

August 2022

Lawrence Tribe (APS 2010) was recently interviewed about the Supreme Court by the Washington Post

APS member David McCullough (APS 2004) died on August 7, 2022, in Hingham, MA, at the age of 89.  He was known to millions as an award-winning, best-selling author and an appealing television host and narrator with a rare gift for recreating the great events and characters of America’s past.

July 2022

Barry Mazur (APS 2001) Awarded 2022 Chern Medal

Jonathan Lear has published "Imagining the End: Mourning and Ethical Life"

APS member Richard Taruskin (APS 1998) died on July 1, 2022, in Oakland, CA, at the age of 77.  He was a commanding musicologist and public intellectual whose polemical scholarship and criticism upended conventional classical music history.

APS member Hans Frauenfelder (APS 1981) died on July 10, 2022, in Tesuque, NM, at the age of 99. He was an American physicist and biophysicist notable for his discovery of perturbed angular correlation (PAC) in 1951.

APS member Ho-Wang Lee (APS 1998) died on July 5, 2022, in Seoul, South Korea, at the age of 94.  He was a virologist who isolated the pathogen behind a deadly form of haemorrhagic fever. 

June 2022

Lessons Learned from the Life of Constance Baker Motley: A Conversation with Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin (APS 2021) to Celebrate The Law Library of Congress’ 190th Anniversary on July 14

Johns Hopkins to host conversation with Donna Shalala (APS 2009), former HHS secretary and member of Congress on June 19

Laurie H. Glimcher (APS 2019) named to Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives Class of 2022

Frances H. Arnold (APS 2018) and Evelyn Higginbotham (APS 2009) will receive honorary degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.

Jane Carol Ginsburg (APS 2013) was appointed "Ambassador of the University of Salento"

Exo Therapeutics Appoints Laura Kiessling (APS 2017) to Scientific Advisory Board

APS member Dale W. Jorgenson (APS 1998) died on June 10, 2022, in Cambridge, MA, at the age of 89.  He conducted groundbreaking research on information technology and economic growth, energy and the environment, tax policy and investment behavior, and applied econometrics.

APS member Anne Cutler (APS 2007) died on June 7, 2022, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, at the age of 77.  She was a world renowned pioneer whose contributions advanced the scientific understanding of spoken language processing, and shaped the field as it is known today.

APS member Roger Newland Shepard (APS 1999) died on May 30, 2022, in Tucson, Arizona, at the age of 93.  Awarded the National Medal of Science, Roger Shepard, professor emeritus of psychology at Stanford, introduced techniques for quantifying mental processes. 

May 2022

The following members were elected to the National Academy of Sciences:

  • Kamaljit S. Bawa (APS 2019)
  • France A. Córdova (APS 2022)
  • Paul DiMaggio (APS 2016)

Tracy P. Palandjian (APS 2022) was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Claudia Goldin (APS 2015) received an honorary degree from Dartmouth.

ProPublica announced Friday the appointment of Tomiko Brown-Nagin (APS 2021) and Carrie Lozano to its board of directors.

GSD names Danielle Allen (APS 2015) 2022 Class Day Speaker

TMT International Observatory names Robert P. Kirshner (APS 2005) new executive director

The Ecology Society of America honors Jianguo "Jack" Liu (APS 2015) as an "eminent ecologist."

Jeffrey Hamburger will give the talk "Flesh and Fabric: the Raiment of the Passion in a Crucifixion by Pietro Lorenzetti" on May 19

Mellon President Elizabeth Alexander (APS 2020) is one of the TIME 100 most influential people of 2022

Architect Billie Tsien (APS 2017) to Receive Honorary Doctorate at the Boston Architectural College’s 2022 Commencement

Linda Greenhouse (APS 2001) offers insight into a transformed court in "What’s Really Going On With the Supreme Court?"

Michael Bloomberg (APS 2015) Plans a $242 Million Investment in Clean Energy

Oxford University will be awarding honorary degrees to William Chester Jordan (APS 2000), Jane Lubchenco (APS 1998), Theda Skocpol (APS 2006), and Susan Solomon (APS 2008). 

APS member Ben R. Mottelson (APS 2011) died on May 13, 2022, in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the age of 95. He shared the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physics for discoveries of forces that can distort the shape of an atomic nucleus, with implications for human-made nuclear fission.

APS member Michael Sela (APS 1995) died on May 27, 2022, in Rehovot, Israel, at the age of 98.  He was a renowned immunologist who served as the sixth president of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

APS member Richard Herr (APS 1993) died on May 29, 2022, in Berkeley, California, at the age of 100.  Dr. Herr was one of the historians who contributed decisively to the renewal of Spanish historiography.

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