April 24th, 2014
The following message was sent to the campus community today.
Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,
Wake Forest University is pleased to announce that the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected President Nathan Hatch among its newest members.
One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts and education.
The Academy membership encompasses over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and reflects a wide range of disciplines and professions. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
As one of only a handful of Wake Foresters to ever be named to the Academy, President Hatch’s 2014 member class includes winners of the Nobel Prize; the Wolf Prize; the Pulitzer Prize; National Medal of the Arts; MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellowships; and Grammy, Emmy, Oscar and Tony Awards.
Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation — from its founders John Adams, James Bowdoin, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Maria Mitchell and Alexander Graham Bell. Other distinguished members have included Margaret Mead, Jonas Salk, Barbara McClintock, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Aaron Copland, Martha Graham, John Updike, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Hope Franklin. Foreign members have included Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Laurence Olivier, Mary Leakey, John Maynard Keynes, Akira Kurosawa and Nelson Mandela.
The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 11, 2014, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. A complete list of the new members is available on the Academy’s website.
Please join us in congratulating President Hatch.
Wake Forest Communications and External Relations