Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy spoke movingly about science's importance to society and the Academy's role as adviser to the nation at a convocation celebrating the centennial of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). As the NAS celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, we reflect on the Academy’s history and its continuing role in the American democracy.
- Listen to audio from President John F. Kennedy’s speech
- Read historical highlights in Frederick Sietz’s book, A Selection of Highlights from the History of the National Academy of Sciences, 1863-2005
- Watch video from a recent symposium celebrating the NAS at 150
- Watch President Barack Obama’s address at the 2013 NAS annual meeting