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.


  • Shinya Yamanaka

    Date of Birth 4 September 1962 Place Higashiōsaka, Osaka, Japan Nomination 23 January 2013 Field Stem cell biology Title Professor; Director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and... Read more
  • Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan

    Date of Birth 24 October 1940 Place Ernakulum (India) Nomination 21 October 2006 Field Astronomy Title Professor ... Read more
  • Helen M. Blau

    Date of Birth 8 May 1948 Place London (England) Nomination 10 October 2017 Field Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Title Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation... Read more
  • Vanderlei S. Bagnato

    Date of Birth 28 September 1958 Place Sao Carlos (Brazil) Nomination 27 September 2012 Field Physics and Material Science Engineering Title Professor ... Read more
  • Mohamed H.A. Hassan

    Date of Birth 21 November 1947 Place Elgetina, Sudan Nomination 29 May 2018 Field Mathematics Title Professor of Mathematics, Khartoum University; President, Sudanese National Academy of... Read more
  • Salvador Moncada

    Date of Birth 3 December 1944 Place Tegucigalpa (Honduras) Nomination 28 September 2016 Field Biology - Medicine Title Professor ... Read more
  • Francis Collins

    Date of Birth 14 April 1950 Place Staunton, VA (USA) Nomination 10 February 2009 Field Genetics Title Director, U.S. National Institutes of Health     ... Read more
  • Ada Yonath

    Date of Birth 22 June 1939 Place Jerusalem (Israel) Nomination 22 July 2014 Field Chemistry, Structural Biology Title Professor, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2009 ... Read more
  • Francis L. Delmonico

    Date of Birth: 24 July 1945 Place: New York, NY Nomination: 9 February 2016 Field: Medicine Title: Senior Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Chief... Read more
  • Peter Raven

    Date of Birth 13 June 1936 Place Shanghai (PRC) Nomination 4 October 1990 Field Biology Title Professor ... Read more