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.


  • Martin Rees

    Date of Birth 23 June 1942 Place York (UK) Nomination 25 June 1990 Field Astronomy Title Professor ... Read more
  • Cédric Villani

    Date of Birth 5 October 1973 Place Brive-la-Gallarde (France) Nomination 26 April 2016 Field Mathematics Title Professor ... Read more
  • Jürgen Mittelstraß

    Date of Birth 11 October 1936 Place Düsseldorf (Germany) Nomination 10 April 2002 Field Philosophy Title Professor ... Read more
  • Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan

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

    Date of Birth 24 October 1951 Place Fukuoka (Japan) Nomination 5 September 2007 Field Evolutionary Genomics Title Professor ... 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
  • 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
  • Nicole Le Douarin

    Date of Birth: 20 August 1930 Place: Lorient (France) Nomination: 3 September 1999 Field: Developmental Biology Title: Professor ... Read more
  • Edward De Robertis

    Date of Birth 6 June 1947 Place Boston, MA (USA) Nomination 8 September 2009 Field Biology Title Professor ... Read more
  • Yves Quéré

    Date of Birth 30 June 1931 Place Commercy (France) Nomination 20 October 2003 Field Physics Title Professor and Co-Chair of the Inter Academy Panel on International Issues ... Read more