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 1.600 Swedes have been elected to membership. The members are divided into ten scientific disciplines, called classes:
Astronomy and space science
Humanities and for outstanding services to science
At the General Meeting on 11 November, Nikolai Piskunov, Professor of observational astrophysics at Uppsala University, was elected member of the Academy's Class for astronomy and space science. Emmanuelle Charpentier, Professor of microbiology and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany, and Abdel El Manira, Distinguished Professor in neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, were elected members of the Academy's Class for biosciences.
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