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article image65 Noble Winners Endorse Barack Obama

By Chris V. Thangham     Oct 15, 2008 in Politics
Three 2008 Nobel Laureates in the U.S. and 62 more Noble Prize winners have endorsed Barack Obama in this year's presidential election. In an open letter, they are urging the public to vote for Obama.

2008 winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry, Marty Chalfie endorses Barack Obama.
Martin Chalfie won the Noble Prize in Chemistry with Roger Tsien for their pioneering work on the use of green fluorescent protein. In the video above, Chalfie urges people to vote for Obama in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
Chalfie, Roger Tsien, Yochiro Nambu (who won the prize in Physics) and 62 more Noble Prize winners wrote an open letter (PDF document) in support of Barack Obama.
The Nobel Prize winners say this presidential election is very crucial for the U.S., and the country needs a visionary leader so that the future of science and technology is strong. They say a strong support for science and tech will help the country solve problems with energy, disease, climate change, security and economic competitiveness. They are convinced Obama will be that visionary leader and want others to join them.
The Nobel winners said science has suffered immensely with either stagnant or declining federal support under the George W. Bush's administration; the scientific advisory process has been manipulated by politics, they say. As a result, U.S. leadership in the science field has been damaged and the country’s prosperity is placed at risk. They expect Obama will reverse this trend.
The letter adds:
We have watched Senator Obama's approach to these issues with admiration. We especially applaud his emphasis during the campaign on the power of science and technology to enhance our nation's competitiveness. In particular, we support the measures he plans to take – through new initiatives in education and training, expanded research funding, an unbiased process for obtaining scientific advice, and an appropriate balance of basic and applied research – to meet the nation's and the world's most urgent needs.
Senator Obama understands that Presidential leadership and federal investments in science and technology are crucial elements in successful governance of the world's leading country. We hope you will join us as we work together to ensure his election in November.
Younge people are supporting Obama, now the Nobel Prize winners are endorsing Obama, so who will be next?
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