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Several scientists closely associated with ICTP have been elected members or foreign associates of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the world's most prestigious science academies. Praveen Chaudhari, chairperson of the ICTP Scientific Council and newly appointed director of Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA, was one of 72 distinguished scientists elected a member of NAS. Edouard Brézin, a member of the ICTP Scientific Council and professor, Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France, and Giorgio Parisi, an ICTP Dirac Medallist and professor, Department of Physics, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, were two of 18 distinguished scientists holding citizenship outside of the United States who were elected foreign associates. NAS's total membership now stands at 1922; the number of foreign associates in the Academy now totals 341.

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