Nine Stanford faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences

The faculty members have been elected to receive one of the highest honors for an American scientist in recognition of their achievements in original research.

Nine Stanford faculty members were named last week as new members of the National Academy of Sciences. The academy is an honorific society that recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

The academy’s honorees have included such renowned scientists and inventors as Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell. Nearly 200 living members of the academy have won Nobel Prizes.

The Stanford scholars were among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries elected this year, bringing the total number of active members to 2,250 and the total number of foreign associates to 452.

The new members will be formally inducted next April during the academy’s 153rd annual meeting in Washington, D.C.:

Joseph Berry, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution; professor, by courtesy, of biology

Daniel S. Fisher, the David Starr Jordan Professor; professor of applied physics

Matthew O. Jackson, the William D. Eberle Professor of Economics

Aharon Kapitulnik, the Theodore and Sydney Rosenberg Professor of Applied Physics and professor of physics

Margaret Levi, professor of political science and director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

Zhi-Xun Shen, the Paul Pigott Professor in Physical Sciences; professor of physics and of applied physics; professor of photon science

Stephen Shenker, the Richard Herschel Weiland Professor; professor of physics

Lawrence Steinman, the George A. Zimmerman Professor; professor of neurology and neurological sciences, of pediatrics and of genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine

Shoucheng Zhang, the J.G. Jackson and C.J. Wood Professor of Physics