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 450 Swedish and 175 foreign members. Since the start in 1739, about 1.700 Swedish members have been elected.
The Academy's members are divided into ten scientific disciplines, called classes:
Astronomy and space science
Humanities and for outstanding services to science
The members are also involved in the Academy's committees and panels, as well as in the processes of selecting candidates for Academy's prizes.
At the General Meeting on 14 December, Anders Ynnerman, Linköping University, was elected Swedish member of the Class for engineering sciences, and Søren Brunak, University of Copenhagen, Tönu Pullerits, Lund University and Julius Rebek Jr, The Scripps Research Institute, were elected foreign members of the Class for chemistry.
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H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria has been an honorary member of the Academy since 2008.
The Academy has elected members of the Swedish royal family to honorary members since 1810. They have most often been princes and 15 honorary members have been elected since then.