Nobel laureates sign letter of support for Ukraine

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The undersigned Nobel laureates voice our support for the Ukrainian people and the free and independent state of Ukraine as it faces Russian aggression.

In a move that recalls the infamous attack of Nazi Germany on Poland in 1939 (using similar tricks of feigned provocation) and on the Soviet Union in 1941, the government of the Russian Federation, led by President Putin, has launched an unprovoked military aggression — nothing else but a war — against its neighbor, Ukraine. We choose our words carefully here, for we do not believe the Russian people have a role in this aggression.

We join in condemning these military actions and President Putin’s essential denial of the legitimacy of Ukraine’s existence.

There is always a peaceful way to resolve disputes. The Russian invasion blatantly violates the United Nations Charter, which says “All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.” It ignores the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, which obligated Russia and others to respect the sovereignty, independence, and existing borders of Ukraine.

Russia’s security concerns can be addressed within the framework of the UN Charter, the 1975 Helsinki Final Act, and the 1990 Paris Charter. To make war, as President Putin and his collaborators have done, is an unwarranted, bloody, and unproductive way to a future.

The Russian invasion will stain the international reputation of the Russian state for decades to come. It will pose barriers to its economy and inflict hardships on its population. The sanctions imposed will restrict the ease of movement of its talented and hardworking people in the world. Why raise this fence between Russia and the world now?

Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers, Russian soldiers, and Ukrainian civilians, including children, have died already. It’s so sad, so unnecessary. We gather in this appeal to call upon the Russian government to stop its invasion of Ukraine and withdraw its military forces from Ukraine.

We respect the calm and the strength of the Ukrainian people. We are with you. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of all, Ukrainians and Russians, who have died and been injured already. May peace come to this piece of our beautiful world.

Peter Agre 2003 Chemistry
George A. Akerlof 2001 Economics
Svetlana Alexievich 2015 Literature
James P. Allison 2018 Medicine
Harvey J. Alter 2020 Medicine
Hiroshi Amano 2014 Physics
Werner Arber 1978 Medicine
Frances H. Arnold 2018 Chemistry
Richard Axel 2004 Medicine
David Baltimore 1975 Medicine
Barry Clark Barish 2017 Physics
J. Georg Bednorz 1987 Physics
Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo 1996 Peace
Paul Berg 1980 Chemistry
Bruce A. Beutler 2011 Medicine
Gerd Binnig 1986 Physics
J. Michael Bishop 1989 Medicine
Elizabeth H. Blackburn 2009 Medicine
Michael S. Brown 1985 Medicine
Linda B. Buck 2004 Medicine
William C. Campbell 2015 Medicine
Mario R. Capecchi 2007 Medicine
Thomas R. Cech 1989 Chemistry
Martin Chalfie 2008 Chemistry
Emmanuelle Charpentier 2020 Chemistry
Steven Chu 1997 Physics
Aaron Ciechanover 2004 Chemistry
J. M. Coetzee 2003 Literature
Elias James Corey 1990 Chemistry
Robert F. Curl Jr. 1996 Chemistry
Angus S. Deaton 2015 Economics
Johann Deisenhofer 1988 Chemistry
Peter A. Diamond 2010 Economics
Peter C. Doherty 1996 Medicine
Jennifer A. Doudna 2020 Chemistry
Jacques Dubochet 2017 Chemistry
Shirin Ebadi 2003 Peace
Robert F. Engle III 2003 Economics
Francois Englert 2013 Physics
Gerhard Ertl 2007 Chemistry
Eugene F. Fama 2013 Economics
Bernard L. Feringa 2016 Chemistry
Andrew Z. Fire 2006 Medicine
Joachim Frank 2017 Chemistry
Jerome I. Friedman 1990 Physics
Leymah Roberta Gbowee 2011 Peace
Andre Geim 2010 Physics
Reinhard Genzel 2020 Physics
Andrea Ghez 2020 Physics
Sheldon Glashow 1979 Physics
Louise Gluck 2020 Literature
Joseph L. Goldstein 1985 Medicine
Carol W. Greider 2009 Medicine
David J. Gross 2004 Physics
F. Duncan M. Haldane 2016 Physics
Jeffrey Connor Hall 2017 Medicine
John L. Hall 2005 Physics
Serge Haroche 2012 Physics
Oliver Hart 2016 Economics
Leland H. Hartwell 2001 Medicine
Klaus Hasselmann 2021 Physics
Harald zur Hausen 2008 Medicine
James J. Heckman 2000 Economics
Richard Henderson 2017 Chemistry
Dudley R. Herschbach 1986 Chemistry
Avram Hershko 2004 Chemistry
Roald Hoffmann 1981 Chemistry
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Bengt Holmstrom 2016 Economics
Tasuku Honjo 2018 Medicine
Gerardus 't Hooft 1999 Physics
H. Robert Horvitz 2002 Medicine
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Robert Huber 1988 Chemistry
Tim Hunt 2001 Medicine
Louis J. Ignarro 1998 Medicine
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Elfriede Jelinek 2004 Literature
David Julius 2021 Medicine
William G. Kaelin Jr. 2019 Medicine
Daniel Kahneman 2002 Economics
Takaaki Kajita 2015 Physics
Eric R. Kandel 2000 Medicine
Tawakkol Karman 2011 Peace
Wolfgang Ketterle 2001 Physics
Klaus von Klitzing 1985 Physics
Makoto Kobayashi 2008 Physics
Brian K. Kobilka 2012 Chemistry
Roger D. Kornberg 2006 Chemistry
J. Michael Kosterlitz 2016 Physics
Finn E. Kydland 2004 Economics
The 14th Dalai Lama 1989 Peace
Robert B. Laughlin 1998 Physics
Yuan T. Lee 1986 Chemistry
Robert J. Lefkowitz 2012 Chemistry
Anthony J. Leggett 2003 Physics
Jean-Marie Lehn 1987 Chemistry
Michael Levitt 2013 Chemistry
Tomas Lindahl 2015 Chemistry
Benjamin List 2021 Chemistry
Roderick MacKinnon 2003 Chemistry
David W.C. MacMillan 2021 Chemistry
Rudolph A. Marcus 1992 Chemistry
Barry J. Marshall 2005 Medicine
Eric S. Maskin 2007 Economics
John C. Mather 2006 Physics
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Arthur B. McDonald 2015 Physics
Daniel L. McFadden 2000 Economics
Craig C. Mello 2006 Medicine
Robert C. Merton 1997 Economics
Hartmut Michel 1988 Chemistry
Paul R. Milgrom 2020 Economics
Patrick Modiano 2014 Literature
Paul L. Modrich 2015 Chemistry
William E. Moerner 2014 Chemistry
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May-Britt Moser 2014 Medicine
Gerard Mourou 2018 Physics
Denis Mukwege 2018 Peace
Herta Muller 2009 Literature
Ferid Murad 1998 Medicine
Roger B. Myerson 2007 Economics
Shuji Nakamura 2014 Physics
Erwin Neher 1991 Medicine
Ryoji Noyori 2001 Chemistry
Sir Paul Nurse 2001 Medicine
Christiane Nusslein-Volhard 1995 Medicine
John O'Keefe 2014 Medicine
Yoshinori Ohsumi 2016 Medicine
Satoshi Omura 2015 Medicine
Orhan Pamuk 2006 Literature
Ardem Patapoutian 2021 Medicine
James Peebles 2019 Physics
Arno Penzias 1978 Physics
Saul Perlmutter 2011 Physics
Edmund S. Phelps 2006 Economics
William D. Phillips 1997 Physics
John C. Polanyi 1986 Chemistry
H. David Politzer 2004 Physics
Stanley B. Prusiner 1997 Medicine
Didier Queloz 2019 Physics
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan 2009 Chemistry
Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe 2019 Medicine
Maria Ressa 2021 Peace
Charles M. Rice 2020 Medicine
Adam G. Riess 2011 Physics
Sir Richard J. Roberts 1993 Medicine
Michael Rosbash 2017 Medicine
Alvin E. Roth 2012 Economics
James E. Rothman 2013 Medicine
Bert Sakmann 1991 Medicine
Oscar Arias Sanchez 1987 Peace
Juan Manuel Santos 2016 Peace
Kailash Satyarthi 2014 Peace
Jean-Pierre Sauvage 2016 Chemistry
Randy W. Schekman 2013 Medicine
Brian P. Schmidt 2011 Physics
Gregg L. Semenza 2019 Medicine
Phillip A. Sharp 1993 Medicine
K. Barry Sharpless 2001 Chemistry
Dan Shechtman 2011 Chemistry
Robert J. Shiller 2013 Economics
Hideki Shirakawa 2000 Chemistry
George P. Smith 2018 Chemistry
Hamilton O. Smith 1978 Medicine
Wole Soyinka 1986 Literature
Joseph E. Stiglitz 2001 Economics
Sir James Fraser Stoddart 2016 Chemistry
Horst L. Stormer 1998 Physics
Donna Strickland 2018 Physics
Jack W. Szostak 2009 Medicine
Joseph H. Taylor Jr. 1993 Physics
Kip Stephen Thorne 2017 Physics
Susumu Tonegawa 1987 Medicine
Daniel C. Tsui 1998 Physics
Mario Vargas Llosa 2010 Literature
Harold E. Varmus 1989 Medicine
Sir John E. Walker 1997 Chemistry
Arieh Warshel 2013 Chemistry
Rainer Weiss 2017 Physics
M. Stanley Whittingham 2019 Chemistry
Eric F. Wieschaus 1995 Medicine
Torsten N. Wiesel 1981 Medicine
Frank Wilczek 2004 Physics
Jody Williams 1997 Peace
Robert Woodrow Wilson 1978 Physics
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Sir Gregory P. Winter 2018 Chemistry
Kurt Wuthrich 2002 Chemistry
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