CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Paul Simon and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft are among more than 175 artists, scientists and institutional leaders who have been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The induction ceremony took place Saturday in Sanders Theater at Harvard University. Simon surprised the crowd by playing “American Tune” from his 1973 album “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon.”
Other inductees included groundbreaking cancer researcher Clara Bloomfield and film producer Kathleen Kennedy, who’s well known for her work on “Jurassic Park” and “E.T.”
Founded in 1780, the Cambridge, Mass.-based academy is one of the country’s oldest learned societies. Its membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates, some 100 Pulitzer Prize winners and many of the world’s most celebrated artists and performers.