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Mainstream, VOL LX No 11, New Delhi, March 5, 2022

Declaration 2022 - Call for Peace from the International Scientific Community by Nobel Laureates (March 3, 2022)

Saturday 5 March 2022

More than 100 Nobel Laureates from various disciplines are calling for peace in the face of the war in Ukraine emanating from Russian soil

Declaration 2022

In the view of war emanating from Russian soil and the explicit threat of nuclear weapons, we, Nobel laureates in science, economics, and literature, have decided to make this appeal to government leaders.

While we, as scientists, have no political mandate, we are aware of the power that the knowledge we have gained conveys to governments and political actors.

After all, findings and technologies from scientific research and development have made humans the greatest shaping force in the Earth’s system over the last century. The discovery of nuclear fission created the basis for the construction of nuclear weapons of destruction. Their current volume has the potential to make the Earth uninhabitable for humans and to wipe out human civilisation. Such weapons must therefore never be used!

We as scientists are convinced that scientific knowledge of all disciplines and the technologies based on it will bring the greatest benefit to humanity in the future. They can only be achieved through worldwide scientific cooperation. Without them, global problems cannot be solved. The prerequisite is that these findings are used exclusively for peaceful purposes and for the well-being and happiness of all people, while respecting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We therefore call on governments and business leaders to use scientific knowledge and technologies responsibly and with awareness of their long-term consequences. Only in this way can human civilisation continue to develop in a respectful manner towards nature and the Earth’s system in the future. The fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter on the Peaceful Coexistence of Peoples are the prerequisite for our work across borders for the benefit of the Earth and its people.

We call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to respect the agreements under international law, to recall his armed forces, to start negotiations and to establish peace.

The following Nobel Laureates have signed the declaration:

Prof. Dr. Peter Agre, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Baltimore, USA

Prof. Dr. Harvey J. Alter, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA

Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Amano, Nagoya University, Japan

Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Werner Arber, Universität Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Frances H. Arnold, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

Prof. Dr. Barry C. Barish, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

Prof. Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

Prof. Dr. J. Georg Bednorz, IBM Research GmbH, Rüschlikon, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Prof. Dr. Thomas R. Cech, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, USA

Prof. Dr. Martin Chalfie, Columbia University, New York, USA

Prof. Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier, Max-Planck-Forschungsstelle für die Wissenschaft der Pathogene, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Steven Chu, Stanford University, USA

Prof. Dr. Aaron Ciechanover, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa

J. M. Coetzee, Adelaide, Australia

Prof. Dr. Elias J. Corey, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Prof. Dr. Robert F. Curl Jr., Rice University, Houston, USA

Sir Angus S. Deaton, Princeton University, USA

Prof. Dr. Johann Deisenhofer, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA

Baron François Englert, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ertl, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Ben L. Feringa, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Albert Fert, Université Paris-Sud, France

Prof. Dr. Joachim Frank, Columbia University, New York, USA

Prof. Dr. Jerome I. Friedman, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technolgy, Cambridge, USA

Sir Andre K. Geim, University of Manchester, UK

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Genzel, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany

Prof. Dr. Andrea Ghez, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Prof. Dr. Carol W. Greider, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Prof. Dr. John L. Hall, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Prof. Dr. Oliver Hart, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Prof. Dr. Richard Henderson, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

Prof. Dr. Avram Hershko, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa

Prof. Dr. Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

Prof. Dr. Jules A. Hoffmann, Université de Strasbourg, France

Prof. Dr. Tasuku Honjo, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan

Prof. Dr. H. Robert Horvitz, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

Prof. Dr. Robert Huber, Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Planegg-Martinsried, Germany

Sir Tim Hunt, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Kunigami Gun, Japan

Prof. Dr. Louis J. Ignarro, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Prof. Dr. William G. Kaelin, Jr., Harvard Cancer Center, Boston, USA

Prof. Dr. Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University, USA

Prof. Dr. Takaaki Kajita, University of Tokyo, Japan

Prof. Dr. Martin Karplus, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ketterle, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

Prof. Dr. Klaus von Klitzing, Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany

Prof. Dr. Roger D. Kornberg, Stanford University, USA

Prof. Dr. Finn E. Kydland, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Prof. Robert B. Laughlin, Stanford University, USA

Prof. Dr. Yuan Tseh Lee, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China)

Sir Anthony J. Leggett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Prof. Dr. Jean-Marie Lehn, Université de Strasbourg, France

Prof. Dr. Tomas Lindahl, Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

Prof. Dr. Benjamin List, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, Germany

Prof. Dr. David MacMillan, Princeton University, USA

Prof. Dr. Rudolph A. Marcus, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

Prof. Dr. Eric S. Maskin, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Prof. Dr. John C. Mather, NASA, Greenbelt, USA

Prof. Dr. Michel Mayor, Universitè de Genève, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Arthur B. McDonald, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Prof. Dr. Craig C. Mello, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, USA

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Michel, Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysik, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Prof. Dr. William E. Moerner, Stanford University, USA

Prof. Dr. Edvard I. Moser, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Prof. Dr. May-Britt Moser, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Prof. Dr. Shuji Nakamura, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Prof. Dr. Erwin Neher, Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie, Göttingen, Germany

Sir Konstantin S. Novoselov, National University of Singapore

Prof. Dr. Ryoji Noyori, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Tokyo

Sir Paul M. Nurse, The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

Prof. Dr. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Max-Planck-Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie, Tübingen, Germany

Prof. Dr. John O’Keefe, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, London, UK

Prof. Dr. Giorgio Parisi, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

Prof. Dr. William D. Phillips, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, USA

Sir Christopher A. Pissarides, The University of London, UK

Prof. Dr. John C. Polanyi, University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, University of Oxford, UK

Prof. Dr. Adam G. Riess, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

Sir Richard J. Roberts Ph.D. F.R.S., New England Biolabs, Inc., Ipswich, USA

Prof. Dr. Michael M. Rosbash, HHMI/Brandeis University, Waltham, USA

Prof. Dr. James E. Rothman, Yale University, New Haven, USA

Prof. Dr. Bert Sakmann, Max-Planck-Institut für Neurobiologie, Planegg-Martinsried, Germany

Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Université de Strasbourg, France

Prof. Dr. Randy W. Schekman, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Prof. Dr. Brian P. Schmidt, The Australian National University, Canberra

Prof. Dr. Richard R. Schrock, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

Prof. Dr. Gregg L. Semenza, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA

Prof. Dr. Robert J. Shiller, Yale University, New Haven, USA

Prof. Dr. George P. Smith, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA

Prof. Dr. Vernon L. Smith, Chapman University, Orange, USA

Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA

Prof. Dr. Horst L. Störmer, Columbia University, New York, USA

Prof. Dr. Jack W. Szostak, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Prof. Dr. Joseph H. Taylor, Jr, Princeton University, USA

Prof. Dr. Kip S. Thorne, Caltech - California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

Sir John E. Walker, University of Cambridge, UK

Prof. Dr. Rainer Weiss, LIGO MIT, Cambridge, USA

Prof. Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham, Binghamton University (SUNY), USA

Prof. Dr. Eric F. Wieschaus, Princeton University, USA

Prof. Dr. Torsten N. Wiesel, The Rockefeller University, New York, USA

Prof. Dr. Robert W. Wilson, Cambridge, USA

Prof. Dr. Kurt Wüthrich, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), La Jolla, USA

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