Business leader and philanthropist Dr. Gerald Chan and Dr. John Quelch, professor of health policy and management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, are among 228 new members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The recently elected members include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, and artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders. Thirteen are from Harvard University.
Dr. Chan is chairman and CEO of The Morningside Group. He co-founded the private equity and venture capital firm in 1986 with his brother Ronnie, chairman of the Hang Lung Group, Limited, Hong Kong, who was also elected to the Academy. The Morningside Group invests in real estate, industry, technology, and life sciences companies in China and the U.S. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the School’s Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development. In 2014, The Morningside Foundation — the philanthropic arm of The Morningside Group, established by the family of the late Mr. T.H. Chan — pledged $350 million to support Harvard’s School of Public Health, which was renamed the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in recognition of the gift.
Dr. Quelch, along with his Harvard Chan School appointment, is Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. His research focuses on how deep understanding of consumer behavior is essential to shaping decisions by managers and policy makers in the healthcare sector. He is the author, co-author, or editor of twenty-five books, most recently Consumers, Corporations and Public Health and Building a Culture of Health: A New Imperative for Business.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing — and opportunities available to — the nation and the world.