22 Nobelists support Greece

The petition is addressed to Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, President of the EU Commission.

It was sent by Harald Zur Hausen to Science magazine.

“Greece is in the midst of a prolonged and deep economic recession that has already changed dramatically the lives of its citizens and threatens the very existence of its structures necessary for future recovery. To regain its forward momentum, keep alive its competitive institutions, and implement its huge reform agenda, Greece needs our help. We are confident that Greece, which has contributed enormously to European culture, can do what is called for to create a brighter future. To succeed in this difficult task, special emphasis should be given among other things to science and technology, areas in which Greece possesses particularly strong institutions and human potential. By utilizing existing structural funds, and by promoting close cooperation between major European science and technology centers and existing Greek clusters of excellence, Greece can be enabled to sustain its scientific structures, build up its own technological future, and secure a competitive economy in the long run”.

Sent by HARALD ZUR HAUSEN
Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Im Neuenheimer Feld
280, 69120, Heidelberg, Germany. E-mail: zurhausen@
dkfz-heidelberg.de

The signatories of the Support Greece petition are:

Peter C. Agre, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2003;
Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009;
Gunter Blobel, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1999;
Edmond H. Fischer, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1992;
Carol W. Greider, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009;
Jules A. Hoffmann, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2011;
H. Robert Horvitz, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2002;
Sir Richard Timothy (Tim) Hunt, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2001;
Eric R. Kandel, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2000;
Wolfgang Ketterle, Nobel Prize in Physics 2001;
Roger D. Kornberg, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2006;
Yuan T. Lee, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1986;
Robert, Lord May of Oxford, Royal Swedish Academy’s Crafoord Prize 1996;
John C. Mather, Nobel Prize in Physics 2006;
Prof. Iain Mattaj, Director General, European Molecular Biology Laboratory;
Sir Paul M. Nurse, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2001;
Sir Venkatraman, Ramakrishnan, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009;
Sir Richard J. Roberts, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1993;
Hamilton O. Smith, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1978;
Thomas A. Steitz, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009;
Kurt Wuthrich, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2002;
Harald zur Hausen, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2008.

Source (limited access): http://www.sciencemag.org/content/336/6084/978.full.pdf

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