Alex Filippenko elected to National Academy of Sciences

April 28, 2009

Date:  April 28, 2009
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WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Sciences today announced the election of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

The election was held this morning during the business session of the 146th annual meeting of the Academy.  Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,150. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.  Today's election brings the total number of foreign associates to 404.

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Of the 72 new members to join the ranks of Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison, is Alexei Filippenko, Hertz Fellow 1984; Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences, department of astronomy, University of California, Berkeley. Professor Filippenko will be inducted into the academy next April at its 147th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.