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Pulitzer Winner Siddhartha Mukherjee and Prof. Raj Chetty named among ‘2020 Great Immigrants’ Honorees

Through '2020 Great Immigrants' Honorees, Carnegie Corporation recognizes an eminent group of immigrants who have been making notable contributions to the progress of American Society.

Jul 2, 2020 19:31 IST
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Siddhartha Mukherjee and Prof. Raj Shetty have been named among the ‘2020 Great Immigrants’ honourees by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The two renowned Indian-Americans who have been contributing towards the efforts of mitigating the COVID health crisis have been honoured by the prestigious American Foundation ahead of the United States Independence Day Commemoration 2020.

Siddhartha Mukherjee is a Pulitzer winning author and oncologist and Raj Chetty is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University. They both are known for their valuable contribution to their respective fields.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Siddhartha Mukherjee:

Siddhartha Mukherjee was born in Delhi and he is a noted oncologist, biologist, and author of several acclaimed books. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his book named ‘The Emperor Of the Maladies: A Biography of Cancer’, which focuses on the history of cancer treatment and research.

Since 2009, he has been serving on the faculty of Columbia University, where he is an Associate Professor of Medicine and also a practicing physician at New-York Presbyterian Hospital.

While honouring Siddhartha Mukherjee, Carnegie Corporation mentioned that during the COVID-19 pandemic, he has used his “gifts as a science communicator” with an aim to educate the public about the virus through media interviews, public forums, essays and through his social media accounts.

He stressed the importance of following guidelines to wear masks, social distance, and self-isolate when necessary.

In May 2020, Mukherjee was selected Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor, to serve on a 15-member Blue-Ribbon-Commission focusing on improving broadband access and telehealth in response to COVID-19.

About Prof. Raj Chetty:

Raj Chetty was born in Delhi and is one of the youngest professors to be granted tenure in Harvard’s History. In addition to his position as a Professor of Economics at Harvard University, he has also been directing Opportunity Insights which is a research lab that aims at identifying barriers to economic and social mobility and works on developing policy solutions to overcome them.

Chetty also helped to launch a resource to monitor the real-time economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic on businesses, people, and communities across the US. The tool helps policymakers in making evidence-based decisions that will balance the vital public health priorities along with the economic needs of the communities.

As per Carnegie Corporation, Chetty has been optimistic about the potential of big data to inform policy and in reviving the American dream for the next generation, including the immigrants who have for long pinned their hopes on its promise.

Carnegie Corporation honouring  the immigrants:

The American Corporation states that for us and many immigrants if you work hard, you can move up and do whatever you want, that what America is all about. More than 600 outstanding immigrants have been honoured by the corporation since 2006.

On America’s Independence Day on July 4, the corporation honours the legacy of its founder Andrew Carnegie, who was a Scottish immigrant who rose from poverty and became a leading industrialist. The corporation recognizes an eminent group of immigrants who have been making notable contributions to the progress of American Society.

2020 Great Immigrant Honorees:

As per the corporation, it has honoured 38 naturalized citizens in 2020, who have enriched and strengthened the nation and democracy of the US through their contributions and actions.

The corporation informed that a third of this year’s honorees have been helping the global health crisis recovery effects by serving as doctors or nurses, as well as the scientists who have been striving to find effective treatment and vaccine for the virus. Clergy and community leaders who are providing vital services and food are also among the honorees.

The 2020 Great Immigrants represent 35 countries of origin along with a wide range of contributions to American life from computer science to human rights to business, art, healthcare, journalism, politics, music, religion, sports, and research.

The 2020 honorees will be recognized with a full-page public service announcement in New York times. There will also be a social media tribute on the Fourth of July, 2020.

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