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Penrose Elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences

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Roger Penrose, the Francis R. and Helen M. Pentz Distinguished Professor of Physics and a member of the Penn State Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry, has been elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

Penrose is also Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University in England. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, University College in London, and Wadham College at Oxford University and an Honorary Fellow of St. John's College at Cambridge University. He has earned numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the fields of astrophysics and mathematics, including the Adams Prize of Cambridge University; the Dannie Heineman Prize of the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics; the First Prize of the Gravity Research Foundation; the Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society; the Royal Medal of the Royal Society; the Wolf Foundation Prize for Physics; the Dirac Prize and Medal of the British Institute of Physics; the Einstein Prize and Medal of the Albert Einstein Society; and the Naylor Prize of the London Mathematical Society. He has recently written several influential books on the relationship between consciousness, computing, and physics for which he won the Rhone-Poulenc Prize from the Royal Institution and the Science Museum. Penrose has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his contributions to science.

Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the National Academy of Sciences who hold citizenship outside the United States. According to the academy, the number of foreign associates currently is 310 and the number of active U.S. members is 1,798, including the following faculty members at Penn State: —Paul T. Baker, Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, elected in 1980; —Stephen J. Benkovic, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Chemistry, elected in 1985; —A Welford Castleman, Jr., Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, elected in 1998; —Nina V. Fedoroff, the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Life Sciences, director of the Life Sciences Consortium, and director of the Biotechnology Institute, elected in 1990; —Masatoshi Nei, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and director of the Institute of Molecular Evolutionary Genetics, elected in 1997; —Calyampudi R. Rao, Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics and director of the Center for Multivariate Analysis, elected in 1995; —William T. Sanders, Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, elected in 1985; —Robert K. Selander, Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Biology, elected in 1982; and  —Philip S. Skell, Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, elected in 1977.

 

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