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Sociologist Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Sociologist Michael F. Goodchild, professor and director of the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science at the University of California-Santa Barbara, was among the 72 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences in late April at the institution’s 139th annual meeting.

Election to membership in the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer and is “in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.” The total number of active members is now at 1,907. The Academy also elected 15 foreign associates from 12 countries, bringing the total number of foreign associates to 330.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

Additional information about the institution is available online at A full directory of NAS members can be found online at