07 May 2014

Professor Eske Willerslev becomes member of very distinguished science academy


At their 151st annual meeting, The National Academy of Sciences announced the election of professor of evolutionary biology at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, Eske Willerslev as one of 21 new foreign associates. The foreign associates are admitted as members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, non-profit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership and provides policy advice to the federal government and other organizations. The Academy’s 2,200 American members and 400 foreign associates include around 500 Nobel Laureates. Eske Willerslev says:

"It came as a big surprise and I am both proud and honoured. This will be of great importance to both my own research career and to the research that we conduct at Centre for GeoGenetics, the Natural History Museum of Denmark and University of Copenhagen."

Youngest Dane

Eske Willerslev is not the first Dane to become an associate of the academy but he is the youngest and one of four living researchers. A total of eight other Danes, including five from University of Copenhagen -  have previously been given this distinction which is the most prestigious honour that can be bestowed on a researcher.

Eske Willerslev was invited to become a new associate by his American colleagues as a recognition of Willerslev’s considerable contribution to science.

Eske Willerslev is Director of the Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. The Natural History Museum of Denmark is part of Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.

Read more at National Academy of Sciences