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Professor emeritus André Maman has been chosen to receive one of the highest distinctions the French government can bestow.
In recognition of Maman's exemplary service to France, the president of the French Senate conferred upon him the title of Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur at a Sept. 3 ceremony in Paris.
Maman joined the faculty in Princeton's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures in 1958. He taught French language and civilization courses that students considered rites of passage in their discovery of France. While a faculty member, Maman also served as a representative of French citizens living abroad. He was later elected a French senator and retired from Princeton in 1993. He continued to contribute to the University as a member of the Advisory Council in French and Italian, as an adviser to the Princeton in France Program and as a friend and counselor to the countless alumni of his courses.
Maman, who has completed his term as senator, remains active in promoting French culture throughout the world. He divides his time between Princeton and Paris.
Historian Anthony Grafton has been elected to a three-year term in the senate of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and largest academic honor society, with chapters at 270 colleges and universities and more than half a million members. Its mission is to promote the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence and to foster freedom of thought and expression. The senate is the society's governing body.
Grafton is the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and chair of the Council of the Humanities at Princeton. He serves on the editorial board of The American Scholar, an award-winning quarterly published by the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and he has participated in the society's innovative Visiting Scholar Program.
Professor emeritus George Miller, a pioneer in cognitive science, was presented with the American Psychological Association's 2003 Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology Award. He received the honor Aug. 7 at the APA's annual convention in Toronto.
Miller is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology Emeritus. An APA president in 1969, he has been an innovator in the study of language and cognition, helping to establish psycholinguistics as an independent field of research in psychology.
He was a co-founder of the Harvard Center for Cognitive Studies in 1960 and helped to create the Princeton Cognitive Science Laboratory in 1986. His work in psycholinguistic theories led him to become the principal investigator in the development of WordNet, an online lexical database based at Princeton. Miller, who taught at Princeton from 1979 to 1990, was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by the University in 1996 for opening "the way to the mind's new sciences of psycho-linguistics and cognitive psychology."
Miller received the National Medal of Science in 1991, the highest scientific honor awarded by the United States.