The President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Fortov, Honorary Doctor of Tomsk State University, was elected as a foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. This information is available on the website of the American Academy .
- National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 84 new American members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research - said in a statement. - Thus, this election brings the total number of active members to 2,214 and the total number of foreign associates to 444.
Vladimir Fortov, the director of the Joint Institute for High Temperatures and the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences was listed among the newly elected foreign members.
Academy Foreign Secretary Michael Clegg in his Itar-Tass interview said that the organization is glad that Fortov election occured.
- We are honored to professor Fortov join to us - Clegg said, adding that one of the Academy tasks is to use science for building bridges between countries, especially if they have a strained relationship in other areas.
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The National Academy of Sciences of the USA , according to their own definition, is "a private, nonprofit organization founded under the Charter of the U.S. Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 ." The membership is research excellence recognition . The Academy together with the National Academy of Engineering , the National Medical Institute and the National Research Council give advice to the U.S. government and its institutions in the field of science, technology and medicine.