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Professor Thomas G. Palaima, Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor and Director, Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP) at the University of Texas at Austin has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). You can view all newly elected members at

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together, as expressed in its charter -

“to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.” Our work has helped set the direction of research and analysis in science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy, education, the humanities, and the arts."

Members have included Margaret Mead, Jonas Salk, Barbara McClintock, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Aaron Copland, Martha Graham, John Hope Franklin, Georgia O’Keeffe, E. O. Wilson, Madeleine Albright, and Colin Powell. International Honorary Members have included Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Wislawa Szymborska, Laurence Olivier, Mary Leakey, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, and Akira Kurosawa. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tobias Wolff and Tim O’Brien are also members. Among classicists and archaeologists, Theodor Mommsen (1872), Friedrich Solmsen (1968), Gregory Nagy (1987), Homer Thompson (1957), Carl W. Blegen (1959), George Mylonas (1961), Emily Vermeule (1971), Michael Cosmopoulos (2022), Malcolm Wiener (1999), and Matthew Santirocco (2009), Joy Connolly (2021), and Ruth Scodel (2021).

Current members represent today’s innovative thinkers in every field and profession, including more than two hundred and fifty Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.

New Members Announced from AAAS Elected in 2023