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Nobel Scientists Back President Obama


One Nobel Prize winner has picked up the endorsements of 68 others.

President Barack Obama, winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, today was endorsed for reelection by a long list of science laureates.

Obama "understands the key role science has played in building a prosperous America, has delivered on his promise to renew our faith in science-based decision making and has championed investment in science and technology research that is the engine of our economy," the signers write. The list stretches from Donald Glaser, who won the physics prize in 1960, to 2012 chemistry laureates Brian Kobilka and Robert Lefkowitz. Many also signed a similar 2008 letter that endorsed Obama over Senator John McCain.

The letter does not refer to Mitt Romney, Obama's opponent this year, by name. But it criticizes Romney's support for budget proposals that "if implemented, would devastate a long tradition of support for public research and investment in science." And it charges that Romney has "taken positions that privilege ideology over clear scientific evidence on climate change." Romney has said that humans contribute to climate change, but has called for more study and been skeptical of government action to address the issue.

An Open Letter to the American People

America’s economic future, the quality of our health, and the quality of our environment depend on our ability to continue America’s proud legacy of discovery and invention. As winners of the Nobel Prizes in science, we are proud of our contribution to the extraordinary advances American science has made in recent years. But we’re deeply concerned that without leadership and continued commitment to scientific research the next generation of Americans will not make and benefit from future discoveries.

President Obama understands the key role science has played in building a prosperous America, has delivered on his promise to renew our faith in science-based decision making and has championed investment in science and technology research that is the engine of our economy. He has built strong programs to educate young Americans in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and programs to provide Americans the training they need to keep pace with a technology-driven economy.

His opponent supports a budget that, if implemented, 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. He has also taken positions that privilege ideology over clear scientific evidence on climate change.

As a nation we must continue the investments that revolutionized agriculture, invented the Internet, gave us modern medicine and enabled a strong national defense. Abandoning this tradition would be a devastating step backwards. If you believe, as we do, that America’s future is bound in essential ways to science and innovation, we urge you to join us in working to ensure the reelection of President Obama.

Alexei Abrikosov, Physics '03
Peter Agre, Chemistry '03
Sidney Altman, Chemistry, '89
Philip Anderson, Physics, '77
David Baltimore, Medicine '75
Paul Berg, Chemistry, '80
J. Michael Bishop, Medicine, '89
Elizabeth Blackburn, Medicine, '09
Günter Blobel, Medicine, '99
Nicolaas Bloembergen, Physics, '81
Linda Buck, Medicine, '04
Mario Capecchi, Medicine, '07
Martin Chalfie, Chemistry, '08
Leon Cooper, Physics, '72
James Cronin, Physics, '80
Robert Curl, Chemistry, '96
Johann Deisenhofer, Chemistry, '88
Edmond Fischer, Medicine, '92
Val Fitch, Physics, '80
Jerome Friedman, Physics, '90
Murray Gell-Mann, Physics, '69
Walter Gilbert, Chemistry, '80
Donald Glaser, Physics, '60
Sheldon Glashow, Physics, '79
Roy Glauber, Physics, '05
Joseph Goldstein, Medicine, '85
Paul Greengard, Medicine, '00
Carol Greider, Medicine, '09
David Gross, Physics, '04
Robert Grubbs, Chemistry, '05
Roger Guillemin, Medicine, '77
John Hall, Physics, '05
Leland Hartwell, Medicine, '01
Alan Heeger, Chemistry, '00
Dudley Herschbach, Chemistry, '86
Roald Hoffmann, Chemistry, '81
H. Robert Horvitz, Medicine, '02
David Hubel, Medicine, '81
Eric Kandel, Medicine, '00
Brian Kobilka, Chemistry, '12
Roger Kornberg, Chemistry, '06
Leon Lederman, Physics, '88
Robert Lefkowitz, Chemistry, '12
Rudy Marcus, Chemistry, '92
John Mather, Physics, '06
Craig Mello, Medicine, '06
Mario Molina, Chemistry, '95
Douglas Osheroff, Physics, '96
Arno Penzias, Physics, '78
Martin Perl, Physics, '95
David Politzer, Physics, '04
Stanley Prusiner, Medicine, '97
Burton Richter, Physics, '76
Richard Schrock, Chemistry, '05
Hamilton Smith, Medicine, '78
Oliver Smithies, Medicine, '07
George Smoot, Physics, '06
Thomas Steitz, Chemistry, '09
Jack Szostak, Medicine, '09
Joseph Taylor Jr, Physics, '93
Charles Townes, Physics, '64
Roger Tsien, Chemistry, '08
Daniel Tsui, Physics, '98
James Watson, Medicine, '62
Carl Wieman, Physics, '01
Eric Wieschaus, Medicine, '95
Frank Wilczek, Physics, '04
Robert Wilson, Physics, '78

The views expressed in this letter represent those of the signers acting as individual citizens. They do not necessarily represent the views of the institutions with which they are affiliated. The Medicine award is for "Physiology or Medicine."

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stephley stephley 1 year 48 weeks
Of course, Dave, the link between discovering subatomic particles and Constitutional law IS exactly like the link between killing the cow and grilling it. I am surprised no one's given you a genius grant yet!
UnDave35 UnDave35 1 year 48 weeks
IS anyone surprised that people in academia are supporting one of their own? This is like saying the slaughterhouse association supports the Texas Roadhouse restaurant.