Russian Academy of Sciences

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Coordinates: 55°42′38.86″N 37°34′40.13″E / 55.7107944°N 37.5778139°E / 55.7107944; 37.5778139

Russian Academy of Sciences

the Russian Academy of Sciences building in Moscow
Formation 1724
Headquarters Moscow
President Vladimir Fortov


The Russian Academy of Sciences (Russian: Российская академия наук, shortened to Russian: РАН, RAN) consists of the national academy of Russia and a network of scientific research institutes from across the country. It also includes other scientific and social groups like libraries, publishing units and hospitals.

There are two types of membership in the academy. The top-level members are academicians (776 scientists, as of spring 2016). The next-level members are corresponding members (1024 scientists). There are also professors of RAN (493 scientists) associated with the RAN. To be elected to the Academy is a great honor for any researcher. The next elections are planned for autumn 2016.

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