Luis C. Ho Elected as a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Luis C. Ho, Director of the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (KIAA) and Chair Professor of Peking University, has been elected as a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).

Founded in 1780, the AAAS honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the world, and work together to, as expressed in its charter,  cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.” The earliest AAAS members included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington. Other distinguished members have included Margaret Mead, Jonas Salk, Barbara McClintock, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King. International Honorary Members have included Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein. Current members represent the most innovative thinkers in every field and profession, including more than two hundred and fifty Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Luis C. Ho

Prof. Ho is an internationally renowned astrophysicist, whose research on supermassive black holes and galaxy evolution covers a wide range of different but interrelated areas, using all observational techniques spanning from radio to X-ray energies. From 1986 to 1990, he studied astronomy and physics at Harvard University in the United States. In 1995, he obtained a doctoral degree in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley, and later pursued postdoctoral research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He was recruited to join the Staff of the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science in 1998. In 2014, he was appointed as the Director of KIAA at Peking University, dedicated to establishing an international center of excellence in astronomy and astrophysics that promotes the development of basic astrophysical research. In 2022, he was elected Fellow of the American Astronomical Society for pioneering multiwavelength searches for active galactic nuclei powered by black holes, and for leadership that is shaping China’s emergence as a world power in astronomy.

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