UI faculty chosen for National Academy of Sciences

UI faculty chosen for National Academy of Sciences

URBANA — Three University of Illinois faculty members have been elected 2013 fellows of the National Academy of Sciences.

Physics Professor Eduardo Fradkin, physics and chemistry Professor Martin Gruebele and chemistry Professor Sharon Hammes-Schiffer are among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates announced by the academy this week.

"This is among the highest honors for a scientist in our country. It is a proud day for Illinois to see three more of our distinguished faculty taking their places in this prestigious institution," said Chancellor Phyllis Wise in a release.

Chosen by their peers, the 2,179 members and 437 foreign associates in the academy are recognized for their contributions to the fields of science and technology.

Fradkin, who joined the UI faculty in 1981, works in the fields of theoretical condensed matter physics and quantum field theory. Gruebele, the James R. Eiszner Endowed Chair in Chemistry and a professor of physics and of biophysics and computational biology, is a leader in the field of chemical and biological physics. He has been at the UI since 1992. Hammes-Schiffer, a Swanlund Professor of Chemistry, is a leader in theoretical and computational chemistry and joined the UI faculty in 2012.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. Founded in 1863, the academy acts as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

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