American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2020
Larsen is a biological anthropologist whose research focuses on the history of the human condition viewed from the perspective of health, quality of life, adaptation and lifestyle over the last 10,000 years of human evolution. His research and subsequent article based on his study of the ancient city, Çatalhöyük, recently received the 2019 Cozzarelli Prize from the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Larsen is joined by 275 other artists, scholars and scientists — including Anita Hopper, Distinguished University Scholar and professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics — inducted this year into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Other notable additions include singer, songwriter and activist Joan C. Baez, University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce, lawyer and former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. and independent filmmaker Richard Linklater.
Larsen will be inducted, along with the rest of this year's class, at a ceremony in October in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and join the academy members who came before them, including Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, Martin Luther King, Jr., Antonin Scalia, Toni Morrison and Michael Bloomberg.
See the complete class of 2020 here.