Dr Kamaljit Bawa elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Bawa, founder President of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment will join some of the worlds’ most influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors and leaders when he is inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on October 6, later this year. DrBawa has been recognized in the area of public affairs, policy and journalism as an expert on sustainability issues.

His election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences admits Prof. Bawa to a 230 year-old institution of academic excellence and international prominence. He joins the ranks of such distinguished individuals as Albert Einstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Benjamin Franklin. Other 2012 inductees include US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, philanthropist Melinda F. Gates, and political scientist James Druckman. The current membership of the Academy includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

This announcement came on the day that Dr Bawa was receiving the Gunnerus Sustainability Award the world’s first major award for sustainability, awarded by the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, for the impact his research has had on the sustainability of global biodiversity.

From theAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Some of the world's most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Among those elected this year is Kamaljit Singh Bawa, Founder and President of the Ashoka Trust for Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).

One of America’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities and culture, and education.
“Election to the Academy is both an honor for extraordinary accomplishment and a call to serve,” said Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz. “We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day.”

An alphabetical list of the 220 new members is located at: http://www.amacad.org/news/alphalist2012.pdf. The new class listed by discipline is located at:http://www.amacad.org/news/classlist2012.pdf.

Members of the 2012 class include winners of the National Medal of Science, the Lasker Award, the Pulitzer and the Shaw prizes, the Fields Medal; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; the Kennedy Center Honors; Grammy, Emmy, Academy, and Tony awards; the Avery Fisher Prize, and election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 6, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Also see press release from American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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