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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jane Lubchenco

    Date of Birth 4 December 1947 Place Denver, Colorado, USA Nomination 19 February 2019 Field Environmental science and marine ecology Title  Distinguished University... Read more
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Luis Ángel Caffarelli

    Date of Birth 8 December 1948 Place Buenos Aires (Argentina) Nomination 2 August 1994 Field Mathematics Title Professor ... 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
  • Thierry Boon-Falleur

    Date of Birth 3 December 1944 Place Kessel-Lo (Belgium) Nomination 6 February 2002 Field Biology Title Professor ... Read more