04/23/10

Sonny Rollins Elected Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Saxophonist Sonny Rollins has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The prestigious society, now in its 230th year, is inducting 229 leaders in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, business and public affairs fields. Rollins and the others will be recognized at a ceremony on Oct. 9 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

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John Abbott

Sonny Rollins

Rollins was nominated by Academy member Dr. Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, a neuroscientist and amateur saxophonist based in Minneapolis, Minn. Fellow 2010 inductees include Francis Ford Coppola, Denzel Washington and Metropolitan Opera founder and artistic director Thomas Hampson. Other inductees include various Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellows and Grammy, Tony and Oscar Award winners.

Members of the Academy, which conducts independent policy research, are “thinkers and doers” who are selected for their contributions to society at large.

Click here for a complete list of the 2010 class members.

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