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
  • 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
  • Peter Raven

    Date of Birth 13 June 1936 Place Shanghai (PRC) Nomination 4 October 1990 Field Biology Title Professor ... 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
  • C.N.R. Rao

    Date of Birth 30 June 1934 Place Bangalore (India) Nomination 25 June 1990 Field Chemical Science Title Albert Einstein Research Professor ... Read more
  • Jürgen Mittelstraß

    Date of Birth 11 October 1936 Place Düsseldorf (Germany) Nomination 10 April 2002 Field Philosophy Title Professor ... Read more
  • Mario Molina

    Date of Birth 19 March 1943 Place Mexico City (Mexico) Nomination 24 July 2000 Field Atmospheric Chemistry Title Professor, Nobel laureate in Chemistry, 1995 ... 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
  • Vanderlei S. Bagnato

    Date of Birth 28 September 1958 Place Sao Carlos (Brazil) Nomination 27 September 2012 Field Physics and Material Science Engineering Title Professor ... Read more