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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • Ingo Potrykus

    Date of Birth 5 December 1933 Place Hirschberg (Germany) Nomination 10 March 2005 Field Plant Sciences Title Professor em. (ETH, Zürich) ... Read more
  • Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan

    Date of Birth 24 October 1940 Place Ernakulum (India) Nomination 21 October 2006 Field Astronomy Title Professor ... Read more
  • Antonino Zichichi

    Date of Birth 15 October 1929 Place Trapani (Italy) Nomination 12 June 2000 Field Physics Title Professor ... Read more
  • Enrico Berti

    Date of Birth 3 November 1935 Place Valeggio sul Mincio (Italy) Nomination 28 September 2001 Field Philosophy Title Professor ... 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
  • Veerabhadran Ramanathan

    Date of Birth 24 November 1944 Place Chennai, Madras (India) Nomination 7 October 2004 Field Atmospheric Sciences Title Professor ... Read more
  • Joachim von Braun

    Date of birth 10 July 1950 Place Brakel, Germany Nomination 27 September 2012 Field Development and Agricultural Economics Title Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF) ... Read more
  • Antonio Battro

    Date of Birth 6 February 1936 Place Mar del Plata (Argentina) Nomination 3 August 2002 Field Neuro-developmental Study of Cognition Title Professor ... Read more