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61 Nobel Laureates in Science Endorse Obama

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61 Nobel Laureates in Science Endorse Obama

A group of 61 Nobel Laureates have gotten together to endorse Barack Obama for President. Their letter and the signatories are below. This is the largest number of Nobel Laureates to ever endorse a candidate for office, more than endorsed either Gore or Kerry. (Kerry had 48 total.) That is a remarkable statement. Here is the link to the original letter of endorsement.

An Open Letter to the American People

This year’s presidential election is among the most significant in our nation’s history. The country urgently needs a visionary leader who can ensure the future of our traditional strengths in science and technology and who can harness those strengths to address many of our greatest problems: energy, disease, climate change, security, and economic competitiveness.

We are convinced that Senator Barack Obama is such a leader, and we urge you to join us in supporting him.

During the administration of George W. Bush, vital parts of our country’s scientific enterprise have been damaged by stagnant or declining federal support.  The government’s scientific advisory process has been distorted by political considerations. As a result, our once dominant position in the scientific world has been shaken and our prosperity has been placed at risk. We have lost time critical for the development of new ways to provide energy, treat disease, reverse climate change, strengthen our security, and improve our economy.

We have watched Senator Obama’s approach to these issues with admiration. We especially applaud his emphasis during the campaign on the power of science and technology to enhance our nation’s competitiveness. In particular, we support the measures he plans to take – through new initiatives in education and training, expanded research funding, an unbiased process for obtaining scientific advice, and an appropriate balance of basic and applied research – to meet the nation’s and the world’s most urgent needs.

Senator Obama understands that Presidential leadership and federal investments in science and technology are crucial elements in successful governance of the world’s leading country. We hope you will join us as we work together to ensure his election in November.

Signed,

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Alexei Abrikosov

Physics

2003

 

Roger Guillemin

Medicine

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1977

Peter Agre

Chemistry

2003

John L. Hall

Physics

2005

Sidney Altman

Chemistry

1989

Leland H. Hartwell

Medicine

2001

Philip W. Anderson

Physics

1977

Dudley Herschbach

Chemistry

1986

Richard Axel

Medicine

2004

 

Roald Hoffmann

Chemistry

1981

David Baltimore

Medicine

1975

H. Robert Horvitz

Medicine

2002

Baruj Benacerraf

Medicine

1980

Louis Ignarro

Medicine

1998

Paul Berg

Chemistry

1980

Eric R. Kandel

Medicine

2000

J. Michael Bishop

Medicine

1989

 

Walter Kohn

Chemistry

1998

N. Bloembergen

Physics

1981

 

Roger Kornberg

Chemistry

2006

Michael S. Brown

Medicine

1985

 

Leon M. Lederman

Physics

1988

Linda B. Buck

Medicine

2004

 

Craig C. Mello

Medicine

2006

Mario R. Capecchi

Medicine

2007

 

Marshall Nirenberg

Medicine

1968

Stanley Cohen

Medicine

1986

 

Douglas D. Osheroff

Physics

1996

Leon Cooper

Physics

1972

 

Stanley B. Prusiner

Medicine

1997

James W. Cronin

Physics

1980

 

Norman F. Ramsey

Physics

1989

Robert F. Curl

Chemistry

1996

 

Robert Richardson

Physics

1996

Johann Diesenhofer

Chemistry

1988

 

Burton Richter

Physics

1976

John B. Fenn

Chemistry

2002

 

Sherwood Rowland

Chemistry

1995

Edmond H. Fischer

Medicine

1992

 

Oliver Smithies

Medicine

2007

Val Fitch

Physics

1980

 

Richard R Schrock

Chemistry

2005

Jerome I. Friedman

Physics

1990

 

Joseph H. Taylor Jr.

Physics

1993

Riccardo Giacconi

Physics

2002

 

E. Donnall Thomas

Medicine

1990

Walter Gilbert

Chemistry

1980

 

Charles H. Townes

Physics

1964

Alfred G. Gilman

Medicine

1994

 

Daniel C.Tsui

Physics

1998

Donald A. Glaser

Physics

1960

 

Harold Varmus

Medicine

1989

Sheldon L. Glashow

Physics

1979

 

James D. Watson

Medicine

1962

Joseph Goldstein

Medicine

1985

 

Eric Wieschaus

Medicine

1995

Paul Greengard

Medicine

2000

 

Frank Wilczek

Physics

2004

David Gross

Physics

2004

 

Robert W. Wilson

Physics

1978

Robert H. Grubbs

Chemistry

2005

       
             
             

The views expressed in this letter represent those of the signers acting as individual citizens.  They do not necessarily represent the views of the institutions with which they are affiliated. The Medicine award is for “Physiology or Medicine.”

 

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