8 May 2018

Helmut Schwarz is a new member of the National Academy of Sciences

The Humboldt Foundation congratulates its former President Helmut Schwarz on his induction into the American National Academy of Sciences.

The former president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz, has been elected new “Foreign Associate” of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Schwarz is one of 21 non-American academics to receive that honour this year. They were selected based on their outstanding and consistent efforts in original research.

Helmut Schwarz, Präsident der Humboldt-Stiftung von 2008-2017
Helmut Schwarz, President of the Humboldt Foundation from 2008–2017
(Photo: Humboldt Foundation/David Ausserhofer)

Helmut Schwarz, a molecular chemist, was president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation from 2008 to 2017. After reading chemistry, he took his doctorate at Technische Universität Berlin in 1972, completed his professorial qualifications there in 1974 and was appointed to a professorship for the theory and practice of mass spectrometry four years later. Helmut Schwarz has been Professor for Organic Chemistry at TU Berlin since 1983.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, non-profit society of leading academics of various disciplines. It was legally established in 1863 and advises the US government on questions involving science and technology. After the election of the new members in May 2018, the association now has 2,382 active members and 484 “Foreign Associates”. “Foreign Associates” are non-voting members who do not have US citizenship.

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