Dean Julio Frenk inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

October 3, 2011 — Induction Recognizes ‘Extraordinary Individual Achievement’

Julio Frenk, Dean of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development at HSPH and Harvard Kennedy School, is among 180 of the nation’s most influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors, and institutional leaders who were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony October 1, 2011, in Cambridge, MA.

Dean Frenk, the former Minister of Health for Mexico, is one of three to be inducted for contributions to science. Others include groundbreaking cancer researcher Clara Bloomfield, who proved that adult acute leukemia can be cured, and Nobel laureate and chemist Ei-Ichi Negishi.

Dr. Frenk is an eminent authority on global health who served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. He pursued an ambitious agenda to reform the nation’s health system, with an emphasis on redressing social inequality. He is perhaps best known for introducing a comprehensive national health insurance program, which expanded access to health care for millions. He has served as Dean of HSPH since 2009.

The 231st Class of the Academy includes winners of Nobel, Pritzker, and Pulitzer prizes; the Turing Award; MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships; Kennedy Center Honors; and Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy awards. Foreign Honorary Members from Argentina, India, Israel, Japan, and the United Kingdom also will be inducted.

Read the American Academy’s press release announcing the new inductees.

–Marge Dwyer