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Science and Medicine Nobel Prize Winners Support Obama

By October 19, 2012

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Sixty Eight Nobel Prize winners in Science and Medicine have endorsed Barack Obama in an open letter to the American people. The Nobel laureates expressed deep concern that, "without leadership and continued commitment to scientific research the next generation of Americans will not make and benefit from future discoveries." They went on to note that President Obama has, "championed investment in science and technology research that is the engine of our economy" and expressed concern that, "His opponent supports a budget that... would devastate a long tradition of support for public research and investment in science at a time when this country's future depends, as never before, on innovation."

In 2008, 61 Nobel laureates released a similar letter supporting Obama over John McCain. Dr. Martin Chalfie reminisced in the New York Times that this was the first thing he did as the Nobel prize winner for Chemistry in 2008, and stated, "Scientists should stand up and talk about what they feel is important for the country in terms of the long-term support [of] research."

This year's Nobel winners for Chemistry, Drs. Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka, were signatories, but the 2012 winners for Physiology or Medicine, Drs. John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka, were not. In the New York Times article, Dr. Kobilka stated, "I feel the Obama administration has been doing a good job of supporting basic research given the constraints of the economy."

The administration's current Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu winner of the Nobel in Physiology or Medicine in 1997, and Dr. Howard Varmus, the 1989 Nobel winner in Physiology or Medicine and current Director of the National Cancer Institute, were also among the signatories.

Comments

October 20, 2012 at 2:17 am
(1) Lewis from New York says:

The GOP/Conservatives are the anti-science, know-nothing religious-driven party.

October 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm
(2) Nick says:

How many living Nobel Prize winners are there right now? If there are 68 then is shows corruption.

October 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm
(3) biotech says:

Nick, I am not sure how many Nobel Prize winners are living. However, this letter is just authored by science and medicine Nobel laureates and, as I mentioned in the article, at least two of the winners for this year are not signatories.
— Paul

October 25, 2012 at 11:39 am
(4) richard says:

@ Nick, where is your logic? The mere fact that there are at least 68 American Nobelists demonstrates how robust our country’s research is. All of these people recognize how important basic research is to the success of America, in terms of technology development, economic stimulation, and simply by causing people to think about the physical world. If you have a cell phone, see a doctor, etc, you can thank some of these folks. Yes, they want the productive enterprise of science to continue in America, and they recognize which candidate is more likely to make that happen. To call this corrupt is silly.

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