Garcia-Garibay elected to the National Academy of Sciences

By Penny Jennings

This article was originally published by UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry

Dean of Physical Sciences Professor Miguel A. García-Garibay  has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Membership in the academy is one of the highest honors a scientist in the United States can receive. Previous electees have included Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell.

A member of UCLA’s faculty for more than three decades, García-Garibay has served as dean of the Division of Physical Sciences at UCLA since July 1, 2016. In 2022, Garcia-Garibay was appointed senior dean of the UCLA College and will serve a two-year term beginning November 1, 2022.  He served as the chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry from 2012 to 2016, as the department’s vice chair from 2005 to 2008, and as diversity advisor for the Division of Physical Sciences from 2009 to 2012. A passionate scholar and scientist, García-Garibay’s research group has earned worldwide recognition in the fields of organic photochemistry, solid-state organic chemistry and physical organic chemistry.

UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry current and emeriti faculty who are members of the National Academy of Sciences are Professors Richard Dickerson, David Eisenberg, Mostafa El-Sayed, Juli Feigon, Ken Houk, Wayne Hubbell, James Liao, Raphael Levine, Sabeeha Merchant, and Joan Valentine. Diseased members were Professors Richard Bernstein, Paul Boyer, Orville Chapman, Donald Cram, M. Frederick Hawthorne, and Howard Reiss.

Three other UCLA faculty members were elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year. Read about it here.