Prof. Sang Yup Lee elected member of US National Academy of Sciences
First Korean scientist in National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences
Professor Sang Yup Lee, a distinguished professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was elected a new member of the US National Academy of Sciences at its 154th annual meeting, which took place from April 29 through May 2 in Washington, DC.
The National Academy of Sciences was signed into being by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, and is recognized today as one of the world’s most prestigious scientific societies. New members are elected at the annual meeting by current members, based on their research achievement and commitment.
At this year’s annual meeting, 84 new members and 21 foreign members, including Professor Lee, were elected. The National Academy of Sciences has a total of 2,290 members and 475 foreign associates. Members engage in various activities such as reviewing submissions to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, founded in 1914, and conducting S&T policy studies.
Since its establishment, the National Academy of Sciences has produced more than 200 Nobel laureates, including Albert Einstein, James Watson, and Francis Crick. Membership in the National Academy of Sciences, which is regarded as the highest honor for scientists, is a form of international recognition for scientific achievements.
In 2010, Professor Lee was the second Korean to be elected as a member to the National Academy of Engineering, with the first being Geun-mo Jung, the former minister of science and technology.
After being elected to the National Academy of Sciences only seven years later, Professor Lee becomes the first Korean to be a member of both major academic societies. As of the end of 2016, there were only 12 scientists who belonged to both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
Professor Lee is a co-director of KAIST Institutes, a leading institute of convergence research across various disciplines, including biology, IT, nano, health, robotics, and AI. He also serves as the chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Biotechnology, and as a member of the Global Future Council on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
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