The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced the election of 178 new Fellows and 24 new Foreign Honorary Members to Academy membership. Dr. Steven V.W. Beckwith is one of the new Fellows appointed in 2004.
Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute since 1998, Dr. Beckwith is an astrophysicist whose main research interests are in the formation and early evolution of planets, including exoplanets, and the birth of galaxies in the early universe.
The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots "to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people." The current membership of over 4,500 includes more than 150 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize winners.
The Academy will welcome this year's new Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members at its annual Induction Ceremony in October at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.