NAS MAKES 150 YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC HISTORY AVAILABLE
WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is making
150 years of American scientific history available by publishing
its entire collection of Biographical Memoirs on the Internet.
Biographical Memoirs are brief biographies of deceased NAS members
written by those who knew them or their work.
Since 1877, NAS has published over 1,400 memoirs. Although the
memoirs published since 1995 have been freely available on the
Academy's Web site, over 900 memoirs were available previously
only through archives and libraries. "This is a ‘historic’ event
that will have substantial scholarly value and be of general
interest to the public. This personal and scholarly view of the
lives and work of such prominent scientists will be a wonderful
resource," said John Brauman, home secretary of the Academy.
Among the additional 500 memoirs published online are those
of famed naturalist Louis Agassiz; Joseph Henry, the first secretary
of the Smithsonian Institution; Thomas Edison; Alexander Graham
Bell; noted anthropologist Margaret Mead; and psychologist and
philosopher John Dewey. More memoirs will be published regularly
until the entire collection is available online. PDF files of
each memoir are available online at www.nasonline.org/memoirs.
The National Academy of Sciences, founded in 1863, is an honorific
society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering
research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology
and to their use for the general welfare. Election to the Academy
is considered is one of the highest honors that a U.S. scientist