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Chad Mirkin Elected to National Academy of Sciences

April 2010

Northwestern University scientist Chad A. Mirkin, PhD, a world-renowned leader in nanotechnology research and its application has been elected a member of the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Mirkin is among 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 14 countries recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Mirkin will be inducted into the Academy next April during its 148th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. There are currently just over 2,000 active NAS members; more than 180 living Academy members have won Nobel prizes. Among the renowned NAS members are Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell.

Mirkin is the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Medicine, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering; Director of Northwestern’s International Institute for Nanotechnology and a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

The Academy was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

(Last updated on June 21, 2013 )