Michael D. Gordin (director; Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History) has been elected to be a member of the Leopoldina, Germany’s National Academy of Sciences, specifically, the section on the History of Science and Medicine.
The Leopoldina champions the freedom and appreciation of science. It promotes a scientifically enlightened society and the responsible application of scientific insight for the benefit of humankind and the natural world. In its interdisciplinary discourse, the Academy transcends thematic, political and cultural boundaries. It is also an advocate of human rights. It is the role of the Leopoldina, in co-operation with other national and international organizations, to identify and analyze scientific issues of social importance. The Leopoldina presents its policy recommendations in a scientifically qualified, independent, transparent and prospective manner, ever mindful of the standards and consequences of science.