The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced their 2006 Class of Fellows today. This is a prestigious honor to say the least - founded in 1780 by scholar patriots such as, John Adams, James Bowdoin, and John Hancock, the Academy has elected as Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation. Ben Franklin, Daniel Webster, Winston Churchill, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Albert Einstein were all AAA&S Fellows. An independent policy research center, the academy undertakes studies of complex and emerging problems. Current Academy research focuses on science and global security, social policy, the humanities and culture, and education.
University of Pittsburgh Philosophy Professor Anil K. Gupta has made the list of 195 scholars, scientists, artists and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders. Gupta, who has been at Pitt since 2001, focuses on definitions, truth, meaning, and perception. He is the author, with Nuel Belnap, of The Revision Theory of Truth.
Others on the AAA&S list include Bill Clinton, The New Yorker's David Remnick, Rita Dove, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, Lawrence Lessig, and Martin Scorsese. A prestigious lot, indeed. Read the complete list here.