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8 Indian Americans, 1 Indian Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

8 Indian Americans, 1 Indian Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

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  • They are among 252 artists, scholars, scientists, and leaders in the public, non-profit and private sectors.

Eight Indian Americans and one Indian are among 252 artists, scholars, scientists, and leaders in the public, non-profit, and private sectors elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. As per the academy, the newly elected members “help solve the world’s most urgent challenges, create meaning through art, and contribute to the common good from every field, discipline, and profession.” 

The academy was established in 1780 by the country’s founders to provide guidance to a young nation that would face challenges and need expertise and excellence to emerge stronger. “While the founders did not anticipate a year with a historic pandemic, overdue racial reckoning, and political strife, the purpose of electing new members is more compelling than ever,” the academy said. 

Indian American artists, scholars, scientists, and leaders in the public, non-profit, and private sectors include: Kavita Ramanan, Roland George Dwight Richardson University Professor of Applied Mathematics at Brown University (Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics); Vijay Kumar, Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering and professor at University of Pennsylvania Engineering and Technology (Physics);  Dr. Sanjay K. Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent; associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital; and associate professor of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine (Medical Sciences); Rafi Ahmed, professor at Emory University School of Medicine (Microbiology and Immunology); Anup Malani, Lee and Brena Freeman Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine (Law); Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Chancellor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Educational and Academic Leadership); Rajiv ‘Raj’ Shah, President of the Rockefeller Foundation (Public Affairs and Public Policy); Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University (Literature and Language Studies); and Sharada Srinivasan, professor at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India, (Anthropology and Archaeology).

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