The National Academy of Sciences today announced the election of 120 new members and 30 new international members. Among them is cognitive scientist Lynn Nadel, a University of Arizona Regents Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science Program in the College of Science.
Membership to the academy is granted in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements in original research and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. Nadel is among more than 2,400 members and 500 international members, of which about 190 have received Nobel Prizes.
Nadel has made extensive contributions to human understanding of memory and cognition through his research on the part of the brain known as the hippocampus.
"I am quite honored and exhilarated by this recognition, and very mindful of how it takes a village to do anything. This could not have happened without the hard work of all the colleagues I have collaborated with over the years. The University of Arizona has provided the resources for my work over the past 35-plus years, for which I am and always will be grateful," Nadel said. "Last, but certainly not least, I'm thankful for my partner in life, (Cognitive Science Program director and psychology professor) Mary Peterson, my five children and six grandchildren. They provide constant inspiration and support, which is critical to any successes I have had."