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.


  • Aaron Ciechanover

    Date of Birth 1 October 1947 Place Haifa (Israel) Nomination 12 February 2007 Field Biochemistry Title Professor, Nobel laureate in Chemistry, 2004 ... Read more
  • Yves Coppens

    Date of Birth 9 August 1934 Place  Vannes (France) Nomination 15 July 2014 Field Palaeontology, Palaeoanthropology, Prehistory, Archaeology Title Professor ... Read more
  • Steven Chu

    Date of Birth 28 February 1948 Place St Louis, Missouri (USA) Nomination 30 January 2018 Field Physics  Title Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular... Read more
  • Joachim von Braun

    Date of birth 10 July 1950 Place Brakel, Germany Nomination 27 September 2012 (President of the PAS since 13 June 2017) Field Development and Agricultural Economics Title Director, Center for... 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
  • Werner Arber

    Date of Birth 3 June 1929 Place Gränichen (Switzerland) Nomination 12 May 1981 (President of the PAS from 20 December 2010 to 29 May 2017) Field Microbiology Title Professor,... Read more
  • John David Barrow

    Date of Birth 29 November 1952 Place London, UK Nomination 18 December 2019 Field Mathematical Sciences Title Professor of Mathematical Sciences ... 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
  • 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
  • Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

    Date of Birth 7 June 1950 Place Ortenburg, Passau (Germany) Nomination 16 June 2015 Field Theoretical Physics Title Founder and Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate... Read more