University of Dundee

Philip Cohen elected to the "Scientific Hall of Fame"

03 Apr 2008

Philip Cohen has been elected a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of his significant contributions to science. Membership of the NAS is one of the highest honours given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.

Sir Philip will be inducted into the Academy next April during its 146th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

“I have to admit that this came as a huge surprise because I had no idea that I was even being considered for this great honour!” said Sir Philip. “Over the last 24 hours, I have been deluged by emails from all over the world congratulating me. One of the nicest things about this award has been hearing from many old friends and colleagues that I haven’t seen for many years.”

There are currently just over 2,000 active NAS members. Among the NAS's renowned members are Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright, and Alexander Graham Bell. Over 180 living Academy members have won Nobel Prizes.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to furthering science and technology. Established in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences has served to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art" whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government. For more information, or for the full list of newly elected members, visit