Brown Physics Professor Mike Kosterlitz, has been named a "Great Immigrant" in the 2017 class revealed this morning by Carnegie Corporation of New York. Kosterlitz, who won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics, adds this to a long list of honors he has received in his nearly 50-year long career.
The Carnegie Foundation of New York was established by Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's agenda focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and a strong democracy. The "Great Immigrant" honor is in recognition of neutralized citizens who make America strong. Each year since 2006, the Corporation has recognized the contributions of naturalized citizens, and for 2017, the honorees represent more than 30 different countries of origin, a wide range of personal immigration stories, and a high level of professional leadership in numerous fields.
“Our annual tribute to Great Immigrants demonstrates the richness of talent, skills, and achievements that immigrants from around the world bring to every sphere of American society,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. “This campaign reminds us of the debt the United States owes to generations of immigrants who become citizens and contribute to the progress of this country. Today, we celebrate and thank them.”
The honorees will be recognized with a full-page public service announcement in The NewYork Times on the Fourth of July.
Article published with excerpts from Carnegie Corporation of New York