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 14 January, Peter Fredriksson, Professor of Economics at Stockholm University, and Peter Hedström, Professor of analytical sociology at Linköping University, was elected Swedish members of the Academy's Class for social sciences.
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