Neil H. Shubin, PhD, the Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy and Associate Dean for Academic Strategy at the University of Chicago, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society. Members are nominated and elected by their peers in the Society.
Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, the APS is the nation’s oldest learned society. An eminent, internationally known scholarly organization, the American Philosophical Society “promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research.”
Shubin was elected for his discoveries involving the evolution of limbs and the transition from water to dry land. One of his most significant discoveries, the 375-million-year-old Tiktaalik roseae fossil, is an important transitional form between fish and land animals.
Shubin, Who was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2011, has written two popular science books: the best-selling “Your Inner Fish” (2008), named best book of the year by the National Academy of Sciences and made into a celebrated PBS series, and “The Universe Within: The Deep History of the Human Body” (2013). He spent much of last December and January hunting for fossils in Antarctica.
Two other current or former University of Chicago faculty members were also elected to the APS this year: Michael S. Turner, the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor and director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics; and former law school senior lecturer, Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.