Three Alumni Elected to the National Academy of Science

Three Caltech alumni and one professor have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The announcement was made Tuesday, April 28, in Washington D.C. The alumni are:


Eric Betzig (BS '83)

Nobel laureate and group leader in physics at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus

Robert Schoelkopf (PhD '95)

Stirling Professor of Applied Physics and Physics at Yale

William Ward (PhD '73)

An institute scientist in the Department of Space Studies at the Southwest Research Institute

The alumni are joined by Caltech faculty member Marianne Bronner, the Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology and Executive Officer for Neurobiology.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

A full list of new members is available on the academy website at:

Written by Jessica Stoller-Conrad
and Ben Tomlin

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