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NYU Professor Myles Jackson Elected to German National Academy of Sciences

Myles Jackson, a professor at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Polytechnic Institute of NYU, has been elected as a foreign member of the German National Academy of Sciences, the nation’s equivalent of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Established in 1652 and also known as the Leopoldina zu Halle, it is one of the oldest academies of sciences in the world and the oldest continuously existing academy. Its members have included Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe, Charles Darwin, and more than 100 Nobel Laureates, among them Marie Curie, Ernest Rutherford, Max Planck, and Albert Einstein.

Jackson’s works include Harmonious Triads: Physicists, Musicians, and Instrument Markers in Nineteenth-Century Germany (MIT Press) and Spectrum of Belief: Joseph von Fraunhofer and the Craft of Precision Optics (MIT Press). He is working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled: Patents, Race, and HIV/AIDS: A History of the CCR5 Gene Patent. Jackson is also a member of the Erfurt Academy of Sciences in Germany.

The Dibner Family Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at NYU-Poly, Jackson spent much of the summer of 2011 in Germany under a Humboldt Fellowship examining the application of mathematical and engineering models to skilled labor practices. He also studied how Germany offers programs to re-educate those workers whose positions have been replaced by technological advances. During this time, he delivered keynote addresses at the annual meeting of the German Society for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Stuttgart and to the Thuringia Academy of Sciences in Erfurt.

About Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly Polytechnic University), an affiliate of New York University, is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in a 158-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship: i2e. The institution, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second-oldest private engineering school. In addition to its main campus in New York City at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn, it also offers programs at sites throughout the region and around the globe. Globally, NYU-Poly has programs in Israel, China and is an integral part of NYU's campus in Abu Dhabi. For more information, visit engineering.nyu.edu.

About New York University

New York University, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, was established in 1831 and is one of America’s leading research universities. It is one of the largest private universities, it has one of the largest contingents of international students, and it sends more students to study abroad than any other college or university in the U.S. Through its 18 schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and dramatic arts, music, public administration, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.