Amherst College head Carolyn ‘Biddy’ Martin named to Academy of Art and Sciences

Last modified: Sunday, December 02, 2012

Amherst College president Carolyn “Biddy” Martin is now a member of an honorary society that has more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Martin was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences with a class that included musician Paul McCartney, actor Clint Eastwood and playwright Neil Simon.

Coincidentally, former Amherst College president Anthony Marx, who now serves as director of the New York Public Library, was also inducted in the same class.

As a new inductee, Martin had to first be nominated by one of the 4,500 members and then elected following an examination of her credentials.

The celebratory gala, which took place in Cambridge last weekend, featured a reading of Abraham Lincoln’s letters by actor Daniel Day-Lewis and a comedy routine by Bill Cosby.

In a statement, Martin said the gala was “the unabashed celebration of curiosity, knowledge, collaboration and achievement.”

Martin, the 19th president of Amherst College, will continue her involvement with the Academy’s Commission on the Future of the Humanities and Social Sciences when it meets in Chicago, Ill., in January.



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