Ordinary Academicians


From the Statutes:


Art. 5
Candidates for a seat in the Academy are chosen by the Academy on the basis of their eminent original scientific studies and of their acknowledged moral personality, without any ethnical or religious discrimination, and are appointed for life by sovereign act of the Holy Father.
In addition, by reason of their office, the Director of the Vatican Observatory; the Director of the Astrophysical Laboratory of the Vatican Observatory; the Prefect of the Vatican Library; the Prefect of the Secret Archives of the Vatican, are appointed « Academicians pro tempore ». The Academicians « pro tempore » enjoy the same rights and perform the same functions as the Pontifical Academicians.
By way of exception, and in a purely honorary capacity, on proposal by the Council of the Academy, persons who have deserved particularly well of the Academy, by honouring it and assisting it and its scientific undertakings, may be nominated by the Holy Father « Honorary Pontifical Academicians ».

Art. 6
The full complement of the Academy consists of 70 life members, chosen in such a way that as far as possible all the principal branches of science and all the major geographical regions are represented.1

1 On 8 January 1986 John Paul II augmented to 80 the number of Academy life members.


  • Joachim von Braun

    Date of birth 10 July 1950 Place Brakel, Germany Nomination 27 September 2012 (President of the PAS since 13 June 2017) Field Food, Nutrition and Agricultural Research, Development and... Read more
  • Emmanuelle Charpentier

    Date of Birth 11 December 1968 Place of Birth Juvisy-sur-Orge, France Nomination 20 April 2021 Field Microbiology Title Founding, Scientific and Managing Director of the Max... Read more
  • Jane Lubchenco

    Date of Birth 4 December 1947 Place Denver, Colorado, USA Nomination 19 February 2019 Field Environmental science and marine ecology Title  Distinguished University... Read more
  • Pierre Léna

    Date of Birth: 22 November 1937 Place: Paris (France) Nomination: 18 January 2001 Field: Astrophysics Title: Professor Emeritus, Observatoire et Université de Paris ... Read more
  • Jennifer Doudna

    Date of Birth 19 February 1964 Place of Birth Washington, DC, USA Nomination 20 April 2021 Field Molecular biology Title Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Professor of Molecular and Cell... Read more
  • Donna Strickland

    Place of Birth Guelph, Canada Nomination 20 April 2021 Field Physics Title Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo; Nobel Laureate... Read more
  • Ewine van Dishoeck

    Date of Birth 13 June 1955 Place of Birth Leiden Nomination 20 April 2021 Field Astrophysics Title Professor of Molecular Astrophysics, Leiden University, The Netherlands ... Read more
  • Susan Solomon

    Date of Birth 19 January 1956 Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA Nomination 20 April 2021 Field Atmospheric chemistry and climate change Title Lee and Geraldine Martin... Read more
  • Eric S. Lander

    Date of Birth 3 February 1957 Place New York, NY (USA) Nomination 25 February 2020 Field Genetics and Mathematics Title President & Founding Director, The Eli and Edythe... Read more
  • Chien-Jen Chen

    Place of Birth Kaohsiung, Taiwan (ROC) Nomination 20 April 2021 Field Epidemiology, Public Health and Human Genetics Title Distinguished Professor; former Vice President of... Read more