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Peg Kay in 2011.

With great sorrow we report that Peg Kay died unexpectedly on September 6, 2018. Peg Kay was the President and later served as the Executive Director of the Washington Academy of Sciences from 2008-2012. Peg Kay made significant personal achievements and helped others to achieve their goals. With no doubt, it was her character, resilience, and passion that made those achievements possible. She was a great supporter of the Academy and her talents and leadership will be greatly missed. You can read more about Peg Kay’s achievements here.

Ten people were given award certificates at the Washington Academy of Sciences Annual Awards Banquet in May 2018, in recognition of their extraordinary achievements in science, engineering and education.  The awardees and their presenters are listed on the  2018 Awards page.  

Prof. Dawn Tilbury at the Awards Banquet, May 11, 2018

The keynote speaker for the Annual Awards Banquet was Prof. Dawn Tilbury.  Prof. Tilbury is the Assistant Director for Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation.  Her talk was entitled: “Advancing the Frontiers of Science and Engineering: NSF’s Big Ideas”.  Watch the video of Dr. Tilbury’s talk here:

Since 1898, the Washington Academy of Sciences has served as the affiliation of Washington D.C. area scientific societies. The formation of the Academy culminated a decade of planning under the leadership of the Philosophical Society of Washington. The founders included Alexander Graham Bell and Samuel Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The purpose of the new Academy was to encourage the advancement of science and “to conduct, endow, or assist investigation in any department of science.” That purpose guided the Academy throughout its first 100 years and will continue to be our guide through the current century.

Among our nearly 60 Affiliated Societies and Institutions are Meadowlark Gardens and the D.C. Historical Society
Among the recipients of The Washington Academy’s Seals of Approval are Karl Pribram’s The Form Within: My Point of View and Dan Berleant’s The Human Race to the Future – What Could Happen And What to Do.
Among the recipients of The Washington Academy’s Awards for Scientific Work of High Merit are Harry Diamond for Engineering in 1941 and John Mather for Physical Sciences in 2006
Harry Diamond
Harry Diamond
John Mather
John Mather

The Washington Academy of Sciences has published articles of scientific interest continuously since 1899, first as The Proceedings until 1911, when it became The Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences. The Tables of Contents of 100+ issues of the Journal are listed here.