The 2018 Nobel Laureates and Foreign-Born Scholars in the U.S. Higher Education System

Each year, the Nobel Prize is awarded to outstanding individuals in the fields of Economics, Physics, Medicine or Physiology, Chemistry, Literature, and Peace. Unlike in prior years, in 2018, none of the American winners were foreign-born individuals who immigrated permanently to the United States or were in the United States when they received the award. But the United States did play an important role in their formation; nine of the twelve 2018 Nobel Laureates were either students, teachers, or research fellows at U.S. institutions of higher education at some point in their lives, even if they were not born in the United States and did not immigrate here permanently. Three of the 2018 Nobel Laureates were foreign-born academics who spent considerable time at U.S. institutions. Originally from Canada, Dr. Donna Strickland was on staff at Princeton University and at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory after earning her doctoral degree at the University of Rochester. There she worked with her fellow 2018 Laureate in Physics, French-born Professor Dr. Gerard Mourou. Finally there is Japanese-born immunologist, Dr. Tasuku Honjo, who was a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and then the U.S. National Institutes of Health for seven years and was later elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as a foreign associate.

Their stories are the stories of dozens of foreign-born Nobel Prize Laureates, and other gifted scientists who came to the United States to follow their dreams of knowledge and of genuine contribution to the wellbeing of humankind.

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2018 Nobel Laureates: Dr. Honjo, Dr. Mourou, and Dr. Strickland