Siddhartha Mukherjee and Raj Chetty honoured as ‘2020 Great Immigrants’
2011 Pulitzer Prize winner Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee and Harvard University Economics Professor Raj Chetty were listed among the 38 immigrants to be honoured as the ‘2020 Great Immigrants’ by the Carnegie Corporation.
Every year since 2006, ahead of the Independence Day of the United States on 4th July, Carnegie Corporations of New York honors the legacy of its founder Andrew Carnegie- who being an immigrant from Scotland to the United States rose from poverty to become a leading industrialist and further went on to established a philanthropic fund to support education programs across the United States. The awards are also to remind how immigrants have contributed to the greatness of the United States.
Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee
Recipient of Padma Shri award in 2014, Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee has served at New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a physician and as the Associate Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University.
The noted biologist, oncologist and the author was awarded Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his book: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.
He was chosen as the recipient of the award for being a science communicator at the time of the pandemic by making people educate about the virus, the importance of social distancing, and wearing masks through his essays, social media accounts, media interviews etc.
He was chosen as the recipient for the award for his efforts in launching a real-time economic impact monitor of COVID-19.