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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: DR. HAR GOBIND KHORANA - NOBEL PRIZE WINNER

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Thanks to Sid for suggesting this and USC prompting me to get back in to the "Immigrant of the Day" groove.

Dr. Khorana is an 85 year old Indian born American who won the Nobel in medicine in 1968 for his work in genetic code interpretation. He has worked at various universities in India, the UK and Canada, but has called the US his home since 1960. Since his arrival in the US, he has really become one of the fathers of DNA research and many of his discoveries helped paved the way for modern genetic science.

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  1. Legal Immi's Avatar


    Greg,

    I am not sure if you are aware of a congressman named Dalip Singh Saund. I think he deserves to be named Immigrant of the day. His mention would be much more important considering the immigration debate we are in.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalip_Singh_Saund
    http://www.saund.org/dalipsaund/cfi/cfi.html
  2. USC's Avatar
    I was curious to see how high a percentage of US Nobel Laureates are immigrants. From the Nobel site it appears that it is a high percentage.

    Here is one (Israel/US):

    http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/2005/

    Two more (UK/USA, Russia/USA)

    Autobiographies are on the right of the page.

    http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2003/

    I particularly liked the bio below. UK national but a GCer:

    http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/2003/granger-autobio.html

    "At the age of 11 I passed the necessary exams and was accepted by the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, where I performed fairly well but showed no particular ability. The headmaster was Mr. Newton-John, who later moved to Australia and had a famous daughter, Olivia"

    Note the bit about one of my favorite singers Olivia Newton-John; when you get tired of Nobel Prize winners you might want to feature her. I don't know what her current immigration status is but wikipedia does confirm the following:

    "Encouraged by expatriate Australian singer Helen Reddy, Newton-John left England and moved to the United States."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivia_Newton-John

    Something new that I learnt today:

    "Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England. Her parents were Brinley Newton-John and Irene Born (b. 25 May 1914). Irene was the eldest child of Max Born, a Lutheran German Nobel prize-winning physicist who had fled from Germany with his wife in the 1930s in order to avoid persecution due to his and his wife's part Jewish heritage. Olivia's father was an MI5 officer attached to the Enigma machine project at Bletchley Park, and the officer who took Rudolf Hess into custody when he parachuted into Scotland in May 1941."

    Just shows how important a role the refugee/asylum policies play.

    So, Greg, you are in good shape; if you ever run out of candidates for your Immigrant of the Day (which I don't think you will) all you have is to go to back up supply at nobel.org!!
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