July 23 2013
AMONG SIGNERS OF OPEN LETTER ARE SEVEN NOBEL LAUREATES AND FORMER SECRETARY OF ENERGY
(West Windsor, NJ) – In an open letter to the scientific community released today, 65 of the nation’s leading scientists – including seven Nobel laureates and a former Secretary of Energy – endorsed U.S. Rep. Rush Holt’s campaign for the Senate and called upon their colleagues to support his candidacy.
Holt, the scientists wrote, has been “a rare and outspoken voice for evidence-based thinking in the U.S. Congress. He thinks like a scientist, so he is skeptical of easy answers and never stops digging until he gets the truth…. As an energy scientist, he has played an especially critical role in fighting to rein in climate change and in supporting sustainable energy research.”
Among the signatories are former Secretary of Energy and Nobel laureate Steven Chu (1997, Physics), as well as Nobel laureates Philip W. Anderson (1977, Physics), David Baltimore (1975, Medicine), Martin Chalfie (2008, Chemistry), Burton Richter(1976, Physics), Eric Wieschaus (1995, Medicine), and Frank Wilczek (2004, Physics).
Among the many other signatories are:
Holt, a physicist, earned his Ph.D. in physics from New York University. He taught at Swarthmore University and was assistant director at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory before he was elected to Congress.
Some of the signatories will participate in Holt’s upcoming “Geek Out Live,” a one-of-a-kind national live-stream internet town hall that will take place on July 30. Further details are available online at GeekOut.RushHolt.com.