The American Academy of Arts and Sciences
is an independent policy research center that conducts
multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The
Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines,
the arts, business, and public affairs.
, John Adams
, and John
founded 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."
were joined by Robert Treat Paine
and 58 local community leaders to charter the organization in 1780.
prominent men soon joined, and early members included Benjamin Franklin (whose American
Philosophical Society in Philadelphia provided a spur to the Boston leaders to create a
more politically oriented society), George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.
has about 200 Nobel Laureates
academy is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
It sponsors conferences, organizes research
projects, and publishes a quarterly journal, Dædalus
. As of 2009, the Academy has
4,000 fellows and about 600 foreign honorary members. Throughout
the year, members are invited to regularly scheduled talks and
meetings in Cambridge and around the country.
Not to be confused with