Prestigious Honor for MPIC Director

Meinrat O. Andreae is awarded Honorary Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

October 24, 2013

The renowned Academy of Arts and Sciences was established in the United States in 1780. Recently, Meinrat O. Andreae, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in Mainz, Germany,  joined the circle of Honorary Members. The goal of the Academy is to convene leaders from society to tackle projects for the Public Good.

This year, in addition to Nobel laureate for Physics, Serge Haroche, the Academy of Arts and Sciences also awarded membership to Meinrat O. Andreae, Robert de Niro and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Although the Academy only elects 13 Foreign new members per annum, this year, two scientists from Mainz made it into the elite circle. Klaus Müllen from MPI for Polymer Research was awarded the honor, together with Meinrat O. Andreae.

Andreae receives his honorary membership in recognition for his many years of research in the field of Biogeochemistry. Together with the scientists in his department at the MPI for Chemistry, he, among other, researches the exchange and interactions of trace gases and aerosols between the biosphere and atmosphere. According to the jury, his work contributes to solving one of the most urgent challenges of society. “I consider it a great honor to be included in this circle and I look forward to working together in the future”, emphasizes Meinrat O. Andreae.

The Academy of Arts and Sciences is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). Currently, among the Academy’s 4,000 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members are 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pullitzer Prize winners. Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin were also Fellows of the Academy.

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