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Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Record Number of American Nobel Laureates in Science and Medicine Endorse Joe Biden for President

September 02, 2020

Today, in an open letter, 81 U.S. Nobel Laureates in science and medicine endorsed Joe Biden for president— the largest number of Nobel Prize winners ever to endorse a candidate for office. In their open letter, these esteemed individuals cited Joe Biden's "deep appreciation for using science to find solutions," "long record of making policy, informed by science," and "pro-science agenda and sensible approach to public health decisions" as the reasons for their endorsement.

The Nobel Laureates issued the following press release:

Record Number of American Nobel Laureates in Science and Medicine Endorse Joe Biden for President

During Global Pandemic, 81 Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry, Medicine and Physics Demand a President Who Will Listen To Science

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in an open letter to the American people, 81 U.S. Nobel Laureates in science and medicine endorsed Vice President Joe Biden for president of the United States. This is the largest number of Nobel Prize winners ever to endorse a candidate for office.

"At no time in our nation's history has there been a greater need for our leaders to appreciate the value of science in formulating public policy," the Nobel Laureates wrote. "During his long record of public service, Joe Biden has consistently demonstrated his willingness to listen to experts, his understanding of the value of international collaboration in research and his respect for the contribution that immigrants make to the intellectual life of our country."

In 2016, 70 Nobel laureates endorsed Hilary Clinton, and 76 Nobel laureates backed Barack Obama for president in 2008. The Nobel laureates endorsing Biden include recipients in medicine, chemistry and physics.

"In the past, Joe Biden has shown a deep appreciation for using science to find solutions to America's ailments," said Harold Varmus, who has served as director of the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute and received the 1989 Nobel Prize in medicine. "His sensible, determined approach to building a cancer research initiative after his son's death was inspiring. It illustrates the kind of thoughtful leadership that we need to tackle the current global pandemic."

"Now more than ever, our country needs elected leaders who make decisions based on science," said Elizabeth Blackburn, 2009 Nobel Prize in medicine. "Joe Biden is the strong, compassionate leader we need to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. He'll listen to the scientific and medical community to create solutions that will finally get us out of this deadly pandemic and improve the health of the American people."

"The multiple crises facing our country, including one of misinformation, requires a leader with profound admiration for science and truth," said Roger Kornberg, 2006 Nobel Prize in chemistry. "I support Joe Biden's pro-science agenda and sensible approach to public health decisions. He is a true leader who will face the truth and be honest with the American people."

"Our elected leaders should be making decisions based on facts and science," said Carol Greider, 2009 Nobel Prize in medicine. "I strongly endorse Joe Biden because of his commitment to putting public health professionals, not politicians, back in charge."

"I support Joe Biden because of his long record of making policy, informed by science, to deal with large, complicated issues like cancer, climate change and nuclear proliferation," said Barry Barish, 2017 Nobel Prize in physics. "More immediately, we absolutely must elect Joe with his science-based approach to successfully lead us out of the Covid-19 pandemic."

"The ultimate judge of science is nature, not voodoo politicians. We need a strong leader who will listen to science and combat the crises of COVID and climate change," said David Gross, 2004 Nobel Prize in physics. "Joe Biden will listen and lead, and that is why I strongly endorse him."

A copy of the Nobel laureate's letter endorsing Joe Biden can be found HERE, and a list of the 81 Nobel Laureates signers is below:

Peter Agre, Chemistry, 2003
Sidney Altman, Chemistry, 1989
Frances H. Arnold, Chemistry, 2018
Paul Berg, Chemistry, 1980
Thomas R. Cech, Chemistry, 1989
Martin Chalfie, Chemistry, 2008
Elias James Corey, Chemistry, 1990
Joachim Frank, Chemistry, 2017
Walter Gilbert, Chemistry, 1980
John B. Goodenough, Chemistry, 2019
Alan Heeger, Chemistry, 2000
Dudley R. Herschbach, Chemistry, 1986
Roald Hoffmann, Chemistry, 1981
Brian K. Kobilka, Chemistry, 2012
Roger D. Kornberg, Chemistry, 2006
Robert J. Lefkowitz, Chemistry, 2012
Roderick MacKinnon, Chemistry, 2003
Paul L. Modrich, Chemistry, 2015
William E. Moerner, Chemistry, 2014
Mario J. Molina, Chemistry, 1995
Richard R. Schrock, Chemistry, 2005
K. Barry Sharpless, Chemistry, 2001
Sir James Fraser Stoddart, Chemistry, 2016
M. Stanley Whittingham, Chemistry, 2019
James P. Allison, Medicine, 2018
Richard Axel, Medicine, 2004
David Baltimore, Medicine, 1975
J. Michael Bishop, Medicine, 1989
Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Medicine, 2009
Michael S. Brown, Medicine, 1985
Linda B. Buck, Medicine, 2004
Mario R. Capecchi, Medicine, 2007
Edmond H. Fischer, Medicine, 1992
Joseph L. Goldstein, Medicine, 1985
Carol W. Greider, Medicine, 2009
Jeffrey Connor Hall, Medicine, 2017
Leland H. Hartwell, Medicine, 2001
H. Robert Horvitz, Medicine, 2002
Louis J. Ignarro, Medicine, 1998
William G. Kaelin Jr., Medicine, 2019
Eric R. Kandel, Medicine, 2000
Craig C. Mello, Medicine, 2006
John O'Keefe, Medicine, 2014
Michael Rosbash, Medicine, 2017
James E. Rothman, Medicine, 2013
Randy W. Schekman, Medicine, 2013
Gregg L. Semenza, Medicine, 2019
Hamilton O. Smith, Medicine, 1978
Thomas C. Sudhof, Medicine, 2013
Jack W. Szostak, Medicine, 2009
Susumu Tonegawa, Medicine, 1987
Harold E. Varmus, Medicine, 1989
Eric F. Wieschaus, Medicine, 1995
Torsten N. Wiesel, Medicine, 1981
Michael W. Young, Medicine, 2017
Barry Clark Barish, Physics, 2017
Steven Chu, Physics, 1997
Jerome I. Friedman, Physics, 1990
Sheldon Glashow, Physics, 1979
David J. Gross, Physics, 2004
John L. Hall, Physics, 2005
Wolfgang Ketterle, Physics, 2001
J. Michael Kosterlitz, Physics, 2016
Herbert Kroemer, Physics, 2000
Robert B. Laughlin, Physics, 1998
Anthony J. Leggett, Physics, 2003
John C. Mather, Physics, 2006
Shuji Nakamura, Physics, 2014
Douglas D. Osheroff, Physics, 1996
James Peebles, Physics, 2019
Arno Penzias, Physics, 1978
Saul Perlmutter, Physics, 2011
H. David Politzer, Physics, 2004
Brian P. Schmidt, Physics, 2011
Joseph H. Taylor Jr., Physics, 1993
Kip Stephen Thorne, Physics, 2017
Daniel C. Tsui, Physics, 1998
Rainer Weiss, Physics, 2017
Frank Wilczek, Physics, 2004
Robert Woodrow Wilson, Physics, 1978
David J. Wineland, Physics, 2012

Joseph R. Biden, Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Record Number of American Nobel Laureates in Science and Medicine Endorse Joe Biden for President Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/345197

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