Nassau Hall

Four Princeton professors elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 1, 2019 1:09 p.m.

The National Academy of Sciences has elected four Princeton faculty members to join its ranks. They are among 100 new members and 25 foreign associates who were selected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Those elected bring the total number of active members to 2,347 and the total number of foreign associates to 487. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

The new members from Princeton are:

Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and the director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs;

Helen Milner, the B.C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs and the founding director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance; and

Ali Yazdani, the Class of 1909 Professor of Physics and the director of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials.

The new foreign associate from Princeton is Nieng Yan, the Shirley M. Tilghman Professor of Molecular Biology, who is a citizen of the People’s Republic of China.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and — with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine — provides science, engineering and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.