Myles Jackson Elected to German National Academy of Science and Engineering

Myles Jackson, Albers-Schönberg Professor in the History of Science, School of Historical Studies, has been elected to the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), which advises on issues related to technical sciences and technology policies in Germany.

Since 2011, Jackson has been a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. This new appointment to acatech further recognizes his economic, commercial, and scientific insights. As a historian of science, Jackson’s research extends from the artisanal production of scientific knowledge in nineteenth-century Germany to molecular biology and physics, intellectual property and privacy issues, knowledge sharing, race and genomics, bioengineering, and the interactions between musicians, natural scientists, and radio engineers.

Currently, acatech has over 600 members from the fields of engineering, natural sciences, medicine, the humanities, and the social sciences. In addition to its independent advice given to policymakers and the general public, the academy seeks to further technical progress in Germany, organizing symposia, forums, panel discussions, and workshops, as well as publishing studies on technology-related questions. 

At the general meeting in October, acatech celebrated their twentieth anniversary and discussed topics such as the development of the hydrogen economy. There, newly-elected members from the previous year had a chance to introduce themselves.