Goodchild Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Professor Michael Goodchild is among the 2006 class of Fellows elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The election, the result of a highly competitive selection process, recognizes Goodchild’s “exceptional achievement” in the social sciences.

As its Charter of 1780 expresses it, the Academy’s purpose is “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.” Academy members from previous generations have included John Adams, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th Century; Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Alexander Graham Bell in the 19th C.; and Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Neils Bohr, and Albert Schweitzer in the 20th.

The Academy is an international learned society composed of the world’s leading scientists, scholars, artists, business people, and public leaders. Its current membership of 4,000 American Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members includes more than 160 Nobel Prize laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize winners. Professor Goodchild and Dr. David Awschalom, Physics, bring the number of UCSB faculty members elected to the AAAS to 23; they will be among 175 new Fellows and 20 new Foreign Honorary Members who will be formally inducted into the Academy at its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 7th. For more information, click here “UCSB Press Release”.

Four Geographers were elected to the AAAS this year. Apart from Dr. Goodchild, they include Bob Sack (Wisconsin), Peter Haggett (Bristol, UK), and William Cronon (Geography and History at Wisconsin). A good year for our Department—and for the discipline!

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