JEWISH RECIPIENTS OF THE ENRICO FERMI AWARD
(53% of recipients)
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Listed below are recipients of the Enrico Fermi Award who were, or are, Jewish (or of half-Jewish descent, as noted).  The Enrico Fermi Award is one of the world's most prestigious science and technology prizes.  Awarded by the US Government, it "recognizes scientists of international stature for their lifetimes of exceptional achievement in the development, use, control, or production of energy (broadly defined to include the science and technology of nuclear, atomic, molecular, and particle interactions and their effects on mankind and the environment)."1
  • John von Neumann (1956)
  • Eugene Wigner (1958)
  • Hans Bethe 2 (1961)
  • Edward Teller (1962)
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer (1963)
  • Hyman Rickover (1964)
  • Lise Meitner (1966)
  • Manson Benedict (1972)
  • Wolfgang Panofsky (1978)
  • Rudolf Peierls (1980)
  • Alvin Weinberg (1980)
  • Herbert Anderson (1982)
  • Alexander Hollaender (1983)
  • Marshall Rosenbluth (1985)
  • Ernest Courant 3 (1986)
  • Richard Setlow (1988)
  • Victor Weisskopf (1988)
  • George Cowan (1990)
  • Harold Brown (1992)
  • Leon Lederman (1992)
  • Liane Brauch Russell (1993)
  • Ugo Fano (1995)
  • Martin Kamen (1995)
  • Mortimer Elkind (1996)
  • Richard Garwin (1996)
  • Maurice Goldhaber (1998)
  • Sheldon Datz (2000)
  • Sidney Drell (2000)
  • John Bahcall (2003)
  • Seymour Sack (2003)
  • Arthur Rosenfeld (2005)
  • Mildred Dresselhaus (2010)
  • Burton Richter (2010)
  • Allen Bard (2013)
  • Andrew Sessler (2013)
NOTES
1. http://science.energy.gov/fermi.
2. Jewish mother, non-Jewish father.
3. Jewish father (Richard Courant), non-Jewish mother.


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