Three new Leiden members of KNAW

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected fifteen new members, including three Leiden professors: Joke Bouwstra, Ronald Cramer and Eveline Crone.

The new Leiden members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Humanities and Social Sciences Division (Humanities, Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences):

  • Eveline Crone (1975)
    Professor at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Institute of Psychology, Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology
    Crone carries out highly innovative research into the brain processes of adolescents, using MRI scans. The insights from her research at the Brain & Development Lab can provide starting points for structuring education and society so that they are more in line with young people’s abilities. Crone is the author of Het puberende brein ('The Adolescent Brain'), and she makes regular appearances in the media. She was a member of The Young Academy from 2008 to 2013.

Science Division (Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Life Sciences and Science and Technology):

  • Joke Bouwstra (1956), Professor of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research, LACDR/Drug Delivery Technology 
    Bouwstra’s research bridges the gap between chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences and medicine. Using a broad range of techniques, she has mapped the barrier function of skin at molecular level. The topmost layer of skin protects the body against water loss from within and intruders from outside. Lipids play an important role in this context. This new knowledge about the skin barrier leads to new vaccination methods and a better treatment of skin conditions.

  • Ronald Cramer (1968), Professor of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Mathematical Institute Cramer works on cryptography, on the mathematics of digital security, which is important in areas such as internet transactions. The Cramer-Shoup cryptosystem which he published together with his American colleague Victor Shoup was the first practical system to offer protection against active attacks. The system became an international standard. Cramer also developed a system for safe collaboration between parties who do not trust one another. He has developed groundbreaking new applications for classical mathematics. Cramer is among the first generation of researchers of The Young Academy.


The conscience and the voice

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) is 'the forum, the conscience and the voice of Dutch science’, in the words of the website. The Academy members, pioneering scientists from all disciplines, are chosen on the basis of recommendations from inside and outside the Academy. The KNAW has approximately five hundred members, spread over the Humanities and Social Sciences division and the Science Division. Membership is for life.

(23 May 2013 / source KNAW)

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