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Academy Leadership

Presidents | Chairs of the Board | Executive Leaders of the Academy

Presidents

James Bowdoin 1780 – 1791
John  Adams 1791 – 1814
Edward Augustus Holyoke 1814 – 1820
John Quincy Adams 1820 – 1829
Nathaniel Bowditch 1829 – 1838
James Jackson 1838 – 1839
John Pickering 1839 – 1846
Jacob Bigelow 1846 – 1863
Asa Gray 1863 – 1873
Charles Francis Adams 1873 – 1880
Joseph Lovering 1880 – 1892
Josiah Parsons Cooke 1892 – 1894
Alexander Agassiz 1894 – 1903
William Watson Goodwin 1903 – 1908
John Trowbridge 1908 – 1915
Henry Pickering Walcott 1915 – 1917
Charles Pickering Bowditch 1917 – 1919
Theodore William Richards 1919 – 1921
George Foot Moore 1921 – 1924
Theodore Lyman 1924 – 1927
Edwin Bidwell Wilson 1927 – 1931
Jeremiah Denis Matthias Ford 1931 – 1933
George Howard Parker 1933 – 1935
Roscoe Pound 1935 – 1937
Dugald Caleb Jackson 1937 – 1939
Harlow Shapley 1939 – 1944
Howard Mumford Jones 1944 – 1951
Edwin Herbert Land 1951 – 1954
John Ely Burchard 1954 – 1957
Kirtley Fletcher Mather 1957 – 1961
Hudson Hoagland 1961 – 1964
Paul Abraham Freund 1964 – 1967
Talcott Parsons 1967 – 1971
Harvey Brooks 1971 – 1976
Victor Frederick Weisskopf 1976 – 1979
Milton Katz 1979 – 1982
Herman Feshbach 1982 – 1986
Edward Hirsch Levi 1986 – 1989
Leo Leroy Beranek 1989 – 1994
Jaroslav Pelikan 1994 – 1997
Daniel C. Tosteson 1997 – 2000
James O. Freedman 2000 – 2001
Patricia Meyer Spacks 2001 – 2006
Emilio Bizzi 2006 – 2009

Chairs of the Board

Louis W. Cabot 2010 – 2013
Don M. Randel 2013 –

Executive Leaders of the Academy

Ralph W. Burhoe 1947 – 1967
John Voss 1964 – 1986
Joel Orlen 1986 – 1996
Leslie C. Berlowitz 1996 – 2013
Jonathan F. Fanton 2014 –

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Our Members

Academy Members include more than 200 Nobel Prize laureates and 100 Pulitzer Prize winners.

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Our History

Founded during the American Revolution by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other prominent contributors to the establishment of the new nation, the Academy has a rich intellectual history spanning more than 230 years.

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