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Nobel and Crafoord laureates supporting the call

Peter Agre

Director, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Bloomberg School of Public Health; Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2003

David Baltimore

Chairman, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Robert A. Millikan Professor of Biology and Past President, Caltech; Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1975

Eugene Butcher 

Professor of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine; Crafoord Prize in Polyarthritis, 2004

Eric Chivian

Director, Center For Health And The Global Environment, Harvard Medical School; co-founder, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Nobel Peace Prize, 1985

Steve Chu

Energy Secretary; Past Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cellular Biology at U.C., Berkeley, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1997

Andrew Fire

Professor of Pathology and Genetics, Stanford University; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2006

Val Fitch

Particle physicist, Princeton University, worked on the Manhattan Project while in the Army; Nobel Prize in Physics, 1980    

Jerome Friedman

Institute Professor & Professor Of Physics Emeritus, MIT; Nobel Prize in Physics, 1990    

Peter Frumhoff

Director of Science & Policy and Chief Scientist, Climate Campaign, Union of Concerned Scientists; Nobel Peace Prize 2007 (as member of IPCC)

Sheldon Glashow

The Metcalf Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Boston University, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1979

David Gross

Director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, U.C. Santa Barbara; Nobel Prize in Physics, 2004

Robert Grubbs

Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry, CalTech; Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2005

Dudley Herschbach

Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science, Harvard University; Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1986

Roald Hoffman

Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Cornell University; Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1981

Elisabeth Holland

Senior Scientist, Biogeosciences Program, National Center For Atmospheric Reserch; Nobel Peace Prize 2007 (as member of IPCC)

Robert Horvitz

David H. Koch Professor of Biology, MIT; Nobel Prize in Physiology, 2002

Wolfgang Ketterle

John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics; Director, MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms, Nobel Prize in Physics, 2001

Leon Lederman

Pritzker Professor of Science, Illinois Institute of Technology; Nobel Prize in Physics, 1988

John Mather

Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope; Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World, 2007; Nobel Prize in Physics, 2006

Craig Mello

Blais Professor of Molecular Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2006

Michael Oppenheimer

Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Princeton University; Nobel Peace Prize 2007 (as member of IPCC)

David Politzer

The Tolman Professor of Theoretical Physics, CalTech; Nobel Prize in Physics, 2004

Robert Richardson

Director, Kavli Insitute, Cornell University; Nobel Prize in Physics, 1996

Alan Robock

Meteorology Professor, Rutgers University; Nobel Peace Prize 2007 (as member of IPCC)

Edwin Salpeter

Professor Emeritus, Cornell University; Crafoord Prize in Astronomy, 1997

Allan Sandage

Astrophysicist, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington; Crafoord Prize in Astronomy, 1991

Richard Schrock

Frederick G. Keyes Professor Of Chemistry, M.I.T.; Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2005

Harold Varmus

Director, National Cancer Institute; Past President, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; past director of the National Institutes of Health; Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1989

James Watson

Former President, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Discoverer of the DNA Molecule; National Medal of Science, 1997; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1962

Frank Wilczek

Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics, M.I.T.; Nobel Prize in Physics, 2004 

Ahmed Zewail

Director of the Physical Biology Center for Ultrafast Science & Technology and the NSF Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, Caltech; Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1999