2017 Great Immigrants

The Honorees

Daron Acemoglu
Born in Turkey
Professor of Economics, MIT
Hushang Ansary
Born in Iran
Statesman, Philanthropist,and Entrepreneur
Kwame Anthony Appiah
Born in Ghana
Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University
Morena Baccarin
Born in Brazil
Angel Cabrera
Born in Spain
President, George Mason University
Do Won Chang
Born in South Korea
Cofounder and CEO, Forever 21
Graciela Chichilnisky
Born in Argentina
Professor of Economics and Statistics, Columbia University
Ralph de la Vega
Born in Cuba
Former Vice Chairman, AT&T
Eric Gertler
Born in Canada
CEO, Altruik, Inc.
Masha Gessen
Born in Russia
Suheir Hammad
Born in Jordan
Poet and Activist
Oliver Hart
Born in England
Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and Professor, Harvard University
Anthony Hopkins
Born in Wales
Daniel Kahneman
Born in Israel
Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences Winner and Professor Emeritus, Princeton University
Abdul Karim Kallon
Born in Sierra Leone
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
J. Michael Kosterlitz
Born in Scotland
Nobel Prize Winner in Physics and Professor, Brown University
Thai Lee
Born in Thailand
President and CEO, SHI International Corporation
Douglas Leone
Born in Italy
Venture capitalist and Global Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital
Max Levchin
Born in Ukraine
Cofounder, PayPal
Margaret H. Marshall
Born in South Africa
Chief Justice (Retired), Massachusetts Supreme Court
Nergis Mavalvala
Born in Pakistan
Professor of Astrophysics, MIT
Ayman Mohyeldin
Born in Egypt
Journalist, NBC News
Vivek H. Murthy
Born in England
19th Surgeon General, United States of America
Shantanu Narayen
Born in India
CEO, Adobe Systems Incorporated
Liam Neeson
Born in Ireland
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Born in
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
Thuy Thi Nguyen
Born in Vietnam
President, Foothill College
Chinelo Okparanta
Born in Nigeria
Ilhan Omar
Born in Somalia
State Representative, Minnesota House of Representatives
Eren Ozmen
Born in
Owner and President, Sierra Nevada Corporation
Zainab Salbi
Born in Iraq
Founder, Women for Women International
Andrew Schally
Born in Poland
Professor of Pathology, University of Miami
Jeff Skoll
Born in Canada
Founder and Chairman, Skoll Foundation
Sir J. Fraser Stoddart
Born in Scotland
Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University
David Thouless
Born in Scotland
Emeritus Professor, Department of Physics, University of Washington
Norma Torres
Born in Guatemala
Representative, 35th District of California, United States House of Representatives
Rainer Weiss
Born in Germany
Professor Emeritus of Physics, MIT
Feng Zhang
Born in China
Professor of Neuroscience, MIT and Broad Institute