The American Philosophical Society (APS), founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin, is America’s oldest and most distinguished learned society. The APS’s current activities reflect the founder’s spirit of inquiry, provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas, and convey its conviction that intellectual inquiry and critical thought are inherently in the best interest of the public.
The APS is an elected body of scholars and leaders from all disciplines and professions. Today, the Society has approximately 1,000 elected Members, about 840 of whom are Resident Members (U.S. citizens or those who live and work in the United States), and about 160 of whom are International Members from more than two dozen countries. Election to membership honors those who have made exceptionally significant contributions to science, the arts and humanities, and public life. Fewer than 5,900 Members have been elected since 1743. Since 1900, more than 260 Members have received a Nobel Prize.
The APS engages leading scholars, scientists, and professionals in Meetings that offer the opportunity for fellowship and interdisciplinary exchange. It also supports and recognizes research and discovery through a Library & Museum with an extraordinary collection of manuscripts, books, digital content, and artifacts, and through grants and fellowships, seminars, conferences, and prizes. The APS serves the public through exhibitions drawn from the Society’s collections, a diverse program of publications, an array of public lectures and scholarly and educational programs, and rich digital resources available to anyone with an internet connection.
The Director of Meetings organizes and executes all aspects of the Society’s Meetings Program and reports to the Executive Officer. The APS hosts nearly 350 of its Members, their families, and distinguished guests each April and November at its biannual General Meetings. These Meetings appeal to the diverse interests and expertise of attendees, provide a unique opportunity to indulge the audience’s breadth of intellectual curiosity, and offer an engaging selection of talks in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.