Selects 2 from UCSB
Anthony G. Evans, a professor of materials in the
College of Engineering, and Joseph G. Polchinski, a professor of
physics and a permanent member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical
Physics, were among the academy’s 72 new members and 18 foreign
associates. Their election brings to a total of 25 the number of
current UCSB faculty members elected to the National Academy of
The NAS is one of the country’s most prestigious
scientific organizations, and election to membership in the academy
is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S.
scientist or engineer. Its Web site can be found at <http://national-academies.org
Chancellor Henry T. Yang said: “We at UCSB are
delighted that the work of two more of our faculty colleagues has
been recognized in this important way. Being elected to the National
Academy of Sciences reflects the highest regard of one’s peers in
the scientific community and is truly a prized distinction. Our
campus community is proud to congratulate professors Evans and Polchinski,
and to salute their achievements in scientific research.”
Polchinski, whose research interests include string
theory, particle physics, and all applications of quantum field
theory, joined the faculty at UC Santa Barbara in 1992.
Evans received his Ph.D. at Imperial College London
in 1967. He has extensive experience in both industry and academe,
and joined the faculty in 1984 to chair the new Materials Department.