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 (944 scientists, as of November 2016). The next-level members are corresponding members (1159 scientists). There are also professors of the RAN (493 scientists). 104 professors became corresponding members and are now counted twice: as professors and as members. The last elections were organized in October 2016. To be elected to the Academy is a great honor for any researcher.

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