Being elected a member of the Academy constitutes exclusive recognition of successful achievements. These could be prominent research in mathematics, natural science, engineering, social science or humanities, but also outstanding services to science.
The Academy has today about 440 Swedish and 175 foreign members. Since the start in 1739, about 1.600 Swedes have been elected to membership. The members are divided into ten scientific disciplines, called classes:
Mathematics Astronomy and space science Physics Chemistry Geosciences Biosciences Medical sciences Engineering sciences Social sciences Humanities and for outstanding services to science
At the General Meeting on 9 April 2014 Axel Brandenburg, professor of astrophysics at Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Nordita, was elected foreign member of the Academy's class for astronomy and spacescience.
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