The National Academy of Sciences is comprised 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. Members and foreign associates are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Thirty-nine Rockefeller University scientists are members or foreign associates of The National Academy of Sciences.
Membership in the National Academy of Sciences is a well-known honor bestowed upon exceptional scientists conducting original research in their field. No more than 84 new members and 21 foreign associated are elected annually.