Immigrants to America, Alfred Nobel, Mark Zuckerberg and the 2015 Nobel Prizes


Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are the most recent examples of Born in Ireland, Dr. William Campbell, a Research Fellow Emeritus at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, shares a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Satoshi Omura of Japan. Dr. Campbell received an early Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Wisconsin to complete a doctorate on liver flukes, a type of flatworm and became a US citizen in 1962. His contributions have since aided in revolutionizing the treatment of parasitic diseases. His work led to the near eradication of river blindness and substantially reduced the incidence of lymphatic filariasis, which afflicts more than 100 million people worldwide and is a leading cause of permanent disability.

Angus Deaton: 2015 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel
Born in Scotland, Princeton University economist Angus Deaton received the Nobel Prize in Economics for his analyses of the relationships between consumption, poverty, and welfare. Professor Deaton helped to transform the field of economics by creating connections between individual choices and aggregate outcomes. In particular, his work is motivated by three key questions essential to designing policy that promotes welfare and reduces poverty: 1) How do consumers distribute their spending among different goods? 2) How much of society’s income is spent and how much is saved? 3) How do we best measure and analyze welfare and poverty?

Aziz Sancar: 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
2015-12-04-1449250714-401365-sancar.jpgProfessor Aziz Sancar was born in Savur, Turkey and is currently at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Sancar was one of eight children born to illiterate parents. After earning a medical degree at Istanbul University he completed his doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. Professor Sancar —> Read More