Friday, July 6, 2018

Great immigrants, Great Americans Honored


Credit: Randall Lamb/UC Santa Barbara.  Shuji Nakamura, Nobel laureate in physics, is one of several UC scholars who will be honored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York on July 4 for their contributions to the nation.

According to the University of California, of all the Nobel Prize winners in the United States, roughly a third are — or have been — immigrants.

At UC Santa Barbara, four of the campus’s six Nobel laureates are foreign born. Among them is UC Santa Barbara professor Shuji Nakamura of Japan, who won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the bright-blue LED. He is one of 38 naturalized citizens whose contributions to the U.S. will be celebrated by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of its annual “Great Immigrants” tribute. The honorees will be recognized with a full-page public service announcement in the New York Times on July 4.

 Among the Carnegie honorees:

  • Art Acevedo Chief of Police, Houston
  • Ana Mari Cauce President, University of Washington
  • Joachim Frank and Shuji Nakamura Nobel Prize winners
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha public health advocate
  • Salud Carbajal and Pramila Jayapal members of U.S. Congress
  • Dara Khosrowshahi CEO of Uber
  • Daniel Libeskind architect
  • Elliott Erwitt photographer
  • Kumail Nanjiani actor
  • Regina Spektor singer and songwriter


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