Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
The National Academy of Sciences recently announced the election of 60 new members, four of whom are MIT faculty members. Seven others are MIT alumni/ae.
The faculty members are: Dr. Klaus Biemann, professor of chemistry; Dr. Claude R. Canizares, professor of physics and director of the Center for Space Research; Dr. Stephen H. Crandall, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and senior lecturer, and Dr. Mario J. Molina, professor of atmospheric chemistry and chemistry.
The alumni/ae elected are: Professor Charles P. Casey of the University of Wisconsin; Professor John P. Huchra of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; Professor Nancy E. Kleckner of Harvard University; Professor Tobin J. Marks of Northwestern University; Professor Robert C. Merton of Harvard Business School; Professor Paul E. Modrich of Duke University, and Professor Larry R. Squire of the University of California at San Diego.
The NAS was established in 1863 by Congress. It acts as an official adviser to the federal government in matters of science and technology. Election to membership is considered one of the highest honors accorded to scientists and engineers.
This election increases the membership by MIT faculty in the NAS to 96.
A version of this article appeared in the May 12, 1993 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 37, Number 32).