David Gottlieb, a professor of applied mathematics at Brown University, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the honorary society that includes the world’s leading thinkers.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - Brown University professor David Gottlieb has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Cambridge, Mass.-based honorary society that includes the world's leading thinkers in scholarship and science, public affairs and business, and the arts and humanities.

Gottlieb is the Ford Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics at Brown. His research involves constructing and applying high order accuracy methods for the numerical solutions of partial differential equations. These methods have enjoyed great success in turbulence calculations and meteorology.

"I am honored by my election to the Academy and, as always, proud to be a member of the distinguished Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown," Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb was born in Israel, and received bachelor, master and doctoral degrees from Tel Aviv University. Gottlieb lectured at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and taught at Tel Aviv University before joining the Brown faculty in 1985.

Gottlieb was elected a member last year of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

"It is a pleasure to congratulate our colleague David Gottlieb on his election as Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences," said Rajiv Vohra, dean of the faculty at Brown. "David has made seminal contributions in the application of spectral methods to solutions of partial differential equations, and his achievements illustrate the strength of the rigorous intellectual work taking place at Brown."

Gottlieb joins 189 new Fellows and 22 Foreign Honorary Members in this year's class, which include Nobel laureates and recipients of Pulitzer and Pritzker prizes, Academy and Grammy awards and Kennedy Center Honors.

Among this year's fellows, announced by the Academy on Monday, are U.S. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice John Paul Stevens; winners of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, Linda Buck, a 2004 laureate who discovered a molecular understanding of the sense of smell, and molecular biologist Craig Mello, a Brown graduate and the 2006 recipient for the discovery of RNA interference; computer company founders Michael Dell (Dell Computer), and Charles M. Geschke and John E. Warnock (Adobe Systems, Inc.); corporate CEO Margaret Whitman (eBay); two-time cabinet secretary and former White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker III; astronomer Adam Riess, who contributed to the discovery of dark energy in the universe; Academy Award-winning filmmakers Ethan and Joel Cohen and Milos Forman; and blues guitarist B.B. King.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences selects its members through a highly competitive process that recognizes individuals who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large.