Fact of the Week: Nobel Prizes: Immigration Key to U.S. Innovation

10/23/2013
Fact of the Week

​​ October 23, 2013


Nobel Prizes: Immigrat​ion Key to U.S. Innovation

Born Overseas, These S​cientists Honored for Their Work as Americans


Immigration to America plays an important role in attracting the best minds to our nation – those who make important and lasting contributions. Today, in a globally competitive marketplace, these innovative minds are more vital than ever to our future. The annual Nobel Prizes provide a perfect example. As with past years, several Americans who were born overseas were among the 2013 recipients, including:

  • Martin Karplus (Chemistry): The theoretical chemist was born in Vienna, Austria. His family fled from the Nazi occupation and immigrated to America in October of 1938. He received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.”

  • Michael Levitt (Chemistry): The biophysicist and professor of structural biology at Stanford University was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work with Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel.

  • Arieh Warshel (Chemistry): The professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Southern California was born in Kibbutz Sde-Nahum, Israel. He received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work with Karplus and Levitt.

  • Thomas C. Südhof (Physiology): The biochemist was born in Göttingen, Germany. He received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with two others “for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells.”


Of course not every Nobel Prize winner comes to America, but we should have an immigration system that attracts the best minds to come here and innovate at U.S. labs and worksites.

Immigration Benefits All Americans – ​​Reform the U.S. Immigration System Now.


Click here to learn more about immigration solutions that ensure employers have access to the highly educated, foreign-born professionals they need to keep America’s economy strong and growing.

About the Coun​cil for Global Immigration


As strategic affiliates, the Council for Global Immigration (formerly the American Council on International Personnel) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) help advance U.S. innovation and job growth by assisting organizations with workforce and talent management issues. A key priority for both organizations is U.S. immigration reform. Learn more about the Council at www.councilforglobalimmigration.org. Learn more about the Council and SHRM's immigration policy solutions at www.EmployerImmigrationSolutions.org.

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