October 2010

Ray Ozzie, Madhu Sudan and Burton Smith to be Inducted Into Prestigious American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief software architect and the executive sponsor of NERD, along with NERD based Principal Researcher Madhu Sudan and Technical Fellow Burton Smith will be inducted this weekend into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Established in 1780 by John Adams and other founders of the nation, the Academy undertakes studies of complex and emerging problems. Its membership of scholars and practitioners from many disciplines and professions gives it a unique capacity to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary, long-term policy research. Current projects focus on science and technology; global security; social policy and American institutions; the humanities and culture; and education.

Since its founding by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots, the Academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Ray is being recognized for his achievement in creating Lotus Notes.  Ironically, it was nearly 25 years ago when Lotus Notes was launched at the American Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge.

Congrats, Ray, Madhu and Burton!

Here’s the complete list of this year’s inductees.