- American Academy of Arts and Sciences
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) is an organization dedicated to scholarship and the advancement of learning. It serves as a nationwide honor society for the
United States. James Bowdoin, John Adams, and John Hancockfounded the Academy in Boston during the American Revolution. Their objective, as stated in its charter, was to "cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honour, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people." They were joined by Robert Treat Paineand 58 local community leaders to charter the organization in 1780. Other prominent men soon joined, and early members included Benjamin Franklin(whose American Philosophical Societyin Philadelphiaprovided a spur to the Boston leaders to create a more politically oriented society), George Washington, Thomas Jeffersonand Alexander Hamilton. The Academy has over 170 Nobel Laureateson its membership roll.
The modern academy is headquartered in
Cambridge, Massachusetts. It sponsors conferences, organizes research projects, and publishes a quarterly journal, "Dædalus". Today's Academy has 4,000 fellows and about 600 foreign honorary members. Throughout the academic year, members are invited to regularly scheduled talks and meetings in Cambridge and at regional centers headquartered at the University of Chicagoand the University of California, Irvine.
* [http://www.amacad.org The American Academy website]
* [http://www.amacad.org/pdfs/alpha_list.pdf The Current Membership]
Not to be confused with
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
* American Academy of Arts and Letters
American Association for the Advancement of Science
* National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Design
World Academy of Art and Science
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