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Apr. 1, 2014 Dr. Kwun, Sook Il took office as the 35th President of The NAS.
Aug. 26, 2012 Dr. Park, Young Sik took office as the 34th President of The NAS.
Dec. 10, 2010 The NAS joined International Social Science Council (ISSC)
Jan. 1, 2010 The NAS project of active participation in various international researches was launched.
Sept. 28, 2009 The 4th Korea-Japan Science Forum was held in Seoul.
Feb. 6, 2009 The NAS members were invited to the Presidential Blue House luncheon.
Aug. 26, 2008 Dr. Kim, Sang Joo took office as the 32nd President of The NAS and re-elected for one subsequent term.
Aug. 26, 2004 Dr. Kim, Tae Kil took office as the 30th President of The NAS and re-elected for one subsequent term.
July. 15, 2003 Regulations on the Election of Honorary Members of The NAS was formulated.
Aug. 26, 2000 Dr. Lee, Ho Wang took office as the 28th President of The NAS and re-elected for one subsequent term.
May 15-18, 2000 The NAS joined InterAcademy Panel (IAP).
May 14, 2000 The NAS joined Science Council of Asia (SCA).
Nov. 5, 1998 Memorandum of Agreement on Scientific Exchange between The NAS and The Japan Academy was signed.
Aug. 26, 1996 Dr. Lee, Hyun Jae took office as the 26th President of The NAS and re-elected for one subsequent term.
Feb. 15, 1995 The NAS joined International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP).
Aug. 26, 1992 Dr. Kwon, E Hyock took office as the 24th President of NAS and re-elected for one subsequent term.
Dec. 31, 1988 The National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Korea Act was promulgated (Law No. 4045).
Culture Protection Act was abrogated.
The ceiling quota of membership was expanded from 100 to 150.
The term of membership : 4 years (renewable).
Aug. 26, 1988 Dr. Suh, Ton Kak took office as the 22nd President of The NAS and re-elected for one subsequent term.
Sep. 26, 1987 The NAS joined the Federation of Asian Scientific Academies and Societies (FASAS).
Apr. 16, 1986 The Research Foundation of the Academy was established.
Nov. 25, 1985 Ground broken for the construction of the office of the Academies of Sciences and Arts.
Aug. 12, 1985 The Secretariats of the Academies of Sciences and Arts were merged (Presidential Decree No. 11738).
July 9, 1983 Dr. Shim, Chong Supp took office as the 19th President of The NAS and re-elected for two subsequent terms.
July 29, 1981 Dr. Shin, Tai Whan was elected 18th President of The NAS.
Apr. 13, 1981 Culture Protection Act was amended (Law No. 3435).
Membership ceiling comprised 30 senior members, 100 regular members and 500 associate members.
The term of regular and associate members : until the age of 70.
June 18, 1977 The NAS joined the Union Academique Internationale (UAI).
Oct. 5, 1973 The NAS joined the International Foundation for Science (IFS).
Sep. 26, 1961 The NAS joined the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU).
June 28, 1960 Dr. Yi, Pyong Do was elected 7th President of The NAS and re-elected for ten subsequent terms.
May 4, 1960 The 1st International Symposium was held.
Feb. 3, 1960 Culture Protection Act was amended (Law No. 546).
Members were classified into those appointed and those selected through recommendation.
The ceiling of membership was expanded from 80 to 100.
Sep. 23, 1959 Decree on Organization of the Secretariat of NAS was promulgated (Presidential Decree No. 1515).
Dec. 2, 1957 Culture Protection Act was amended (Law No. 459).
The Minister of Education made responsible for the management of NAS.
Legal basis provided for the establishment of the Secretariat of NAS.
Nov. 18, 1957 The NAS joined the Pacific Science Association (PSA).
July 17, 1955 The First NAS Award was presented.
July 17, 1954 The National Academy of Sciences (The NAS) was inaugurated.
June 12, 1954 First General Assembly of the Academy was held.
Dr. Yun, Il Sun was elected first President.
Divisions and Sections were formed, and the membership quota was determined.
Mar. 25, 1954 First regular members of The NAS totaling 50 were selected ; 25 each in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division and in the Natural Sciences Division.
Apr. 14, 1953 Decree on the Registration of Writers and Artists was promulgated (Presidential Decree No. 773).
Oct. 4, 1952 Preparatory Committee formed for the Inauguration of The NAS.
Aug. 7, 1952 Culture Protection Act was promulgated (Law No. 248).