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.


  • Edward De Robertis

    Date of Birth 6 June 1947 Place Boston, MA (USA) Nomination 8 September 2009 Field Biology Title Professor ... Read more
  • Pierre Léna

    Date of Birth: 22 November 1937 Place: Paris (France) Nomination: 18 January 2001 Field: Astrophysics Title: Professor Emeritus, Université Paris Diderot ... Read more
  • Veerabhadran Ramanathan

    Date of Birth 24 November 1944 Place Chennai, Madras (India) Nomination 7 October 2004 Field Atmospheric Sciences Title Professor ... 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
  • Stanislas Dehaene

    Date of Birth 12 May 1965 Place Roubaix (France) Nomination 9 June 2008 Field Experimental Cognitive Psychology Title Professor ... Read more
  • Wolf Singer

    Date of Birth 9 March 1943 Place München (Germany) Nomination 18 September 1992 Field Physiology Title Professor ... Read more
  • Cédric Villani

    Date of Birth 5 October 1973 Place Brive-la-Gallarde (France) Nomination 26 April 2016 Field Mathematics Title Professor ... Read more
  • Martin Rees

    Date of Birth 23 June 1942 Place York (UK) Nomination 25 June 1990 Field Astronomy Title Professor ... Read more
  • Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe

    Date of Birth 8 March 1942 Place Caracas (Venezuela) Nomination 25 October 2007 Field Hydrological Sciences Title Professor ... Read more
  • Yuan-Tseh Lee

    Date of Birth: 19 November 1936 Place: Hsinchu, Taiwan (ROC) Nomination: 23 July 2007 Field: Physical Chemistry Title: Professor, Nobel laureate in Chemistry, 1986 ... Read more