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.


  • Stefan W. Hell

    Date of Birth 23 December 1962 Place Arad, Romania Nomination 2 April 2019 Field Physics Title Professor. 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry ... Read more
  • Fabiola Gianotti

    Date of Birth 29 October 1960 Place Rome, Italy Nomination 18 August 2020 Field Physics Title Director-General of the European Laboratory for Particle Physics,... Read more
  • Jürgen A. Knoblich

    Date of Birth 24 October 1963 Place Memmingen, Germany Nomination 18 August 2020 Field Biology Title Scientific Director, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian... 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
  • Stefano Piccolo

    Date of Birth 19 May 1967 Place Padua, Italy Nomination 18 August 2020 Field Biology; Medicine Title Full Professor of Molecular Biology ... Read more
  • Maryanne Wolf

    Date of Birth 25 October 1947 Place South Bend, IN, USA Nomination 18 August 2020 Field Cognitive Neuroscience and Education Title Professor-in-Residence, Director, Center... Read more
  • José Nelson Onuchic

    Date of Birth 17 January 1958 Place São Paulo, SP, Brasil Nomination 18 August 2020 Field Biological Physics, Biophysics Title Professor of Biological Physics, Rice... Read more
  • Elaine Fuchs

    Date of Birth 5 May 1950 Place Illinois, USA Nomination 27 March 2018 Field Stem cell and cancer biology Title Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Rebecca... Read more
  • David Baulcombe

    Date of Birth 7 April 1952 Place Solihull, UK Nomination 18 August 2020 Field Genetics, Botany, Virology Title Emeritus Regius Professor of Botany, Cambridge University ... Read more
  • Frances Hamilton Arnold

    Date of Birth 25 July 1956 Place Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA) Nomination 8 October 2019 Field Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biochemistry, Chemistry Title Linus... Read more