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American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Date: 1780 [unknown]
Location: Cambridge, Massachusettsmap
Surnames/tags: Organizations Science
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For a grouping of profiles of members of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, see the category for American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded shortly after the American Revolution in 1780. Today the Academy is charged with a dual function: to elect to membership the finest minds and most influential leaders, drawn from science, scholarship, business, public affairs, and the arts, from each generation, and to conduct policy studies in response to the needs of society.
The Academy publishes a peer-reviewed journal Dædalus.
Prior to 1955, the journal was titled Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Starting in 1958, The Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences became a quartely publication.

  • Astronomer Maria Mitchell was the first woman to be elected to the Academy, in 1848.
  • The current membership encompasses over 4,000 fellows and foreign honorary members on the roster, including more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.


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