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Member of the academy

Professor Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato of São Paulo University (USP) has been elected member of the Vatican Pontifical Academy of Sciences.  The appointment was made by Pope Benedict XVI September 27, 2012.  Recipient of a PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Bagnato is a full professor at the Physics Institute of São Carlos and directs the USP Innovation Agency.  The academy, founded in 1603, among its objectives, seeks to promote the development of mathematics, physics and the natural sciences, in addition to recognizing excellence in the field of science, and encouraging international interaction.  The academy has more than 80 members, composed of men and women from various countries, appointed by the Pope after having been elected by the other members of the academy.  Nearly one third of the members are Nobel Prize laureates.