20 april 2010

Vice-Chancellor elected to American Academy


Andrew Hamilton
Professor Andrew Hamilton. Photo: OU/Phil Sayer

Professor Andrew Hamilton, Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor, has been elected to join one of America’s most prestigious honorary societies, The American Academy. He has been elected as a Foreign Honorary Member for his work in chemistry.

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences today announced its election of 211 new Fellows and 19 Foreign Honorary Members who represent the sciences, humanities, arts, business, public affairs, and non-profit sectors. They represent more than 100 institutions from 26 states and 10 countries.

Those selected this year are scholars, scientists, jurists, writers, artists, civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders and include winners of the Nobel, Pulitzer, and Shaw Prizes; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellows; and Grammy, Tony, and Oscar Award winners.

Since moving to Oxford from Yale Professor Hamilton has continued to actively pursue his research into the use of synthetic design for the understanding, mimicry and potential disruption of biological processes.

Professor Hamilton said of his research: 'It gives me an outlet for my scientific interests and helps me keep my sanity in the complex world of university administration. Most importantly it allows me to fully understand the pressures that all university faculty are under.’

It was also announced that Daniel Walker Howe, Rhodes Professor of History, Emeritus, has been elected to the Academy. Professor Howe was Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford from 1992 to 2002 and is an Emeritus Fellow of St Catherine's College.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 9, 2010, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.