The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has elected Eörs Szathmáry, Director General of the Centre for Ecological Research at the Eötvös Loránd Research Network, as a foreign member. The evolutionary biologist now can join other Hungarian foreign members like the mathematician Péter Lax and Endre Szemerédi and the botanist Tamás Pócs.
The Oslo based Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, founded in 1857, is a non-governmental, nationwide body which embraces all fields of science. Its main purpose is to support the advancement of science and scholarship in Norway. The Academy has approximately 900 Norwegian and foreign members in two sections: Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences. New members are elected and invited by the actual members. The Academy is also responsible for awarding the Abel Prize in mathematics – considered to be the Nobel Prize for mathematicians – and the Kavli Prize in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.
The Széchenyi Prize winner evolutionary biologist Eörs Szathmáry is a full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, professor at the Institute of Biology of the Eötvös Loránd University and member of the Academia Europaea, specializing in theoretical revolutionary biology. This is not the first prestigious recognition in his career: he was elected as a life member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in July, 2020.