Established in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences is private, nonprofit society of distinguished scholars charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. The organization receives no compensation from the government for its services.
Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences by their peers in recognition for outstanding contributions to original research. Renowned members include Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell. Today, membership stands at approximately 2,250 members and 440 foreign associates, of whom nearly 200 have won Nobel Prizes.
The organization sponsors dozens of awards honoring outstanding achievement in the physical, biological and social sciences; the Science and Entertainment Exchange, which connects entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers; and various colloquia, forums and symposia for members and emerging scientists to present their work. The academy also publishes the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the premier international journals publishing the results of original research that was founded in 1914.
Our work with the National Academy of Sciences ranges from the support of a survey aimed at identifying barriers to the effective management of coastal and marine resources to the development of the Science and Entertainment Exchange program.