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5 OSA Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences
May 2008
Considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer, five OSA (Optical Society of America) members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. They were among the 72 new members and 18 foreign associates elected on April 29, 2008 during the 145th annual meeting of the Academy, for which members and foreign associates are elected annually. The new members include, Alain Aspect, CNRS senior researcher at Institut d'Optique, and professor at Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (France); Wilson S. Geisler, professor of psychology and biomedical engineering and David Wechsler Regents Chair, department of psychology, University of Texas, Austin; Claire E. Max, professor, astronomer, and director, Center for Adaptive Optics, University of California, Santa Cruz; David A.B. Miller, W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Electrical Engineering, Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, California; and Peter Zoller, University Professor, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria. The current election brings the total number of active members of the National Academy of Sciences to 2,041 and the total number of foreign associates (nonvoting members with citizenship outside of the US) to 397.

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