Siddhartha Mukherjee, Prof Raj Chetty among ‘2020 Great Immigrants’ Honourees
- Two renowned Indian-Americans who have contributed towards the efforts in mitigating the COVID-19 health crisis are among the 38 immigrants honoured by a prestigious American foundation ahead of US Independence Day commemoration this year.
- Pulitzer Prize-winning author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Professor of Economics at Harvard University Raj Chetty have been named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as ‘2020 Great Immigrants’ honourees, the Corporation said in a statement on Wednesday.
- Born in New Delhi, Mukherjee is a noted biologist, oncologist and the author of several acclaimed books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer’. Since 2009, he has served on the faculty of Columbia University, where he is associate professor of medicine and a practising physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. In 2014, Mukherjee was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honours.
- The Carnegie Corporation said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mukherjee has used his “gifts as a science communicator” to educate the public about the virus through essays, in media interviews, at public forums, as well as through his social media accounts
- Mukherjee has stressed the importance of following guidelines to social distance, wear masks and to self-isolate when necessary, it said. In May, he was selected by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on a 15-member Blue-Ribbon Commission focusing on improving telehealth and broadband access in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. Raj Chetty, who was born in New Delhi, has been one of the youngest professors to be granted tenure in Harvard’s history.
About Carnegie Corporation of New York–
The Carnegie Corporation of New York MHL is a philanthropic fund established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to support education programs across the United States, and later the world.
- Formation– 1911
- Headquarters– New York, USA
- President– Vartan Gregorian
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