‘2020 Great Immigrants’ Awards to Siddhartha Mukherjee and Raj Chetty

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Daily Current Affairs - July 3

Two renowned Indian-Americans Siddhartha Mukherjee and Raj Chetty are among the 38 immigrants honoured by a prestigious American foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York as “2020 Great Immigrants“.

About Siddhartha Mukherjee

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Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Pulitzer Prize- winning author and oncologist Sidhartha Mukherjee born in New Delhi has authored several acclaimed books which includes the “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011.

Mukherjee is associate professor of medicine and a practising physician at New York- Presbyterian Hospital. He is also a Padma Shri award recipient of 2014. He is honoured with this award for his exceptional work during the Covid-19 Pandemic to educate the public about the virus through essays, at public forums, in media interviews and social media.

About Raj Chetty

Raj Chetty, born in New Delhi is working as William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He also directs a research lab called Opportunity Insights that aims to identify barriers to economic and social mobility and develop scalable policy solutions to overcome them. During the Covid outbreak he helped launch a resource to monitor the real-time economic impact of COVID-19 on people, businesses and communities across US.

About the Award

Carnegie Corporation honours the legacy of its founder Andrew Carnegie every July 4 when America celebrates its Independence Day. Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish immigrant who rose from poverty to become a leading industrialist. This Award is to recognize eminent group of immigrants who have made notable contributions to the progress of the American Society.

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