Charles T. Esmon, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Lloyd
Noble Chair in cardiovascular research, has become the fourth
Oklahoman to be elected to the National Academy of
After the Nobel Prize, membership in the academy is one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a scientist. Esmon was one of 72 new members nationwide whose election was announced this week.
"I am amazed and very surprised, to put it mildly," said Esmon, who was traveling to lecture at the University of California at Davis when he learned of his election. "I am thankful to everyone who ever worked with me."
According to the academy, elections were made "in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research."
"This is truly a day of pride for OMRF," said Gov. Frank Keating. "On behalf of all Oklahomans, I congratulate Dr. Esmon for this tremendous honor. He will bring great knowledge and experience to the academy."
With the 72 new members, the total number of active members in the academy now stands at 1,907.
University of Oklahoma geophysicist Douglas Lilly is the only other active Oklahoma member.
The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of sciences and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, that calls on the academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.
Three of the four Oklahomans elected to the academy have been OMRF scientists. Colin M. MacLeod, OMRF's first salaried, …