Nobel Laureates

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Since the inception of the Fulbright Program, the Nobel Committees have recognized the outstanding achievements of 59 Fulbright alumni in many fields.

Laureates are listed below in reverse-time order, according to the year in which they were recognized:

  • Kip S. Thorne – United States
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 2017
    Fulbright Scholar to France 1966
  • Michael Rosbash – United States
    Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2017
    Fulbright Student to France 1965-1966
  • Juan Manuel Santos Rivera - Colombia
    Nobel Peace Prize 2016
    Fulbright Foreign Student at Tufts University 1980-1981
  • David Thouless - U.K.
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 2016
    Fulbright Foreign Student at Cornell University 1956-1958
  • John Michael Kosterlitz - U.K.
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 2016
    Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Cornell University 1973-1974
  • Bengt Holstrom - Finland
    Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences 2016
    Fulbright Foreign Student at Stanford University 1974-1976
  • William C. Campbell - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Medicine 2015
    Fulbright Student at University of Wisconsin 1953*
  • Peter Higgs - U.K.
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 2013
    Fulbright Scholar at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 1965
  • Sir John B. Gurdon - U.K.
    Nobel Laureate in Medicine 2012
    Fulbright Scholar at California Institute of Technology 1961
  • Peter A. Diamond - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Economics 2010
    Fulbright Scholar to Italy 1999-2000
  • Ei-ichi Negishi - Japan
    Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2010
    Fulbright Student at University of Pennsylvania 1960-1963
  • Oliver Williamson - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Economics 2009
    Fulbright Scholar to Italy 1999
  • Jean-Marie Le Clézio - France
    Nobel Laureate in Literature 2008
    Fulbright Scholar at University of California - Santa Cruz 1979
  • Leonid Hurwicz - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Economics 2007
    Fulbright Scholar to India 1965-1966
  • Muhammad Yunus - Bangladesh
    Nobel Peace Prize 2006
    Fulbright Student at University of Colorado, Boulder and Vanderbilt University 1965-1966
  • Roy J. Glauber - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 2005
    Fulbright Scholar to France 1954-1955
  • Aaron Ciechanover - Israel
    Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2004
    Fulbright Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1981-1984
  • Riccardo Giacconi - Italy
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 2002
    Fulbright Student at Indiana University 1956-1958
  • Masatoshi Koshiba - Japan
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 2002
    Fulbright Student at University of Rochester 1953-1955
  • George A. Akerlof - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Economics 2001
    Fulbright Scholar to India 1967-1968
  • Joseph Stiglitz - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Economics 2001
    Fulbright Student to the U.K. 1969-1970
  • Alan G. MacDiarmid - New Zealand
    Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2000
    Fulbright Student at University of Wisconsin 1950
  • Renato Dulbecco - United States
    Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1975
    Fulbright Scholar to the U.K. 1957
  • Henry Kissinger - United States
    Nobel Peace Prize 1973
    Fulbright Specialist to India 1962-1963
  • Wassily Leontief - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Economics 1973
    Fulbright Scholar to France 1961-1962
  • Kenneth Arrow - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Economics 1972
    Fulbright Scholar to Italy 1995
  • Paul Samuelson - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Economics 1970
    Fulbright Scholar to Asia 1972
  • Hannes Alfven - Sweden
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 1970
    Fulbright Scholar at University of Maryland 1954-1955
  • Lars Onsager - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1968
    Fulbright Scholar to the U.K. 1951-1952
  • Hans Bethe - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 1967
    Fulbright Scholar to the U.K. 1955
  • Robert Sanderson Mulliken - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1966
    Fulbright Scholar to the U.K. 1952
  • Konrad Emil Bloch - United States
    Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology 1964
    Fulbright Scholar to Mexico 1959
  • Charles Hard Townes - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 1964
    Fulbright Scholar to France and Japan 1955-1956
    Fulbright Scholar to Europe, 1972
  • Giorgos Seferis - Greece
    Nobel Laureate in Literature 1963
    Fulbright Scholar at Princeton University 1968-1969
  • Eugene Wigner - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 1963
    Fulbright Scholar to Mexico 1959
  • John Steinbeck - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Literature 1962
    Fulbright Specialist to Europe 1963
  • Linus Pauling - United States
    Nobel Peace Prize 1962
    Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1954
    Fulbright Scholar to Yugoslavia 1988
  • James D. Watson - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Medicine 1962
    Fulbright Scholar to Argentina 1986
  • Emilio Segre - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 1959
    Fulbright Scholar to Italy 1950
  • Joshua Lederberg - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Medicine 1958
    Fulbright Scholar to Australia 1957
  • Chen Ning Yang - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 1957
    Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, Venezuela, Poland, Egypt, and Malaysia 1974
  • Felix Bloch - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 1952
    Fulbright Scholar to Israel 1959
  • Douglass C. North - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Economics 1993
    Fulbright Scholar to Uruguay 1990
  • Erwin Neher - Germany
    Nobel Laureate in Medicine 1991
    Fulbright Student at University of Wisconsin at Madison 1966
  • Trygve Haavelmo - Norway
    Nobel Laureate in Economics 1989
    Fulbright Scholar at University of Chicago 1957-1958
  • Susumu Tonegawa - Japan
    Nobel Laureate in Medicine 1987
    Fulbright Student at University of California, San Diego 1963
  • James M. Buchanan - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Economics 1986
    Fulbright Scholar to Italy 1955-1956
    Fulbright Scholar to the U.K. 1961-1962
  • Franco Modigliani - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1985
    Fulbright Scholar to Italy 1961-1962
  • Carlo Rubbia - Italy
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 1984
    Fulbright Student at Columbia University 1958-1959
  • Niels Kaj Jerne - Denmark
    Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1984
    Fulbright Scholar at California Institute of Technology 1954
  • William Alfred Fowler - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 1983
    Fulbright Student to the U.K. 1954-1955
  • Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 1983
    Fulbright Scholar to France 1966
    Fulbright Scholar to Greece 1989
  • John Vane - U.K.
    Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1982
    Fulbright Scholar at Yale University 1953
  • Bengt Samuelsson - Sweden
    Nobel Laureate in Medicine 1982
    Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University 1961
  • Roald Hoffmann - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1981
    Fulbright Scholar to Greece 1991
  • Jan Tinbergen - Netherlands
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 1981
    Fulbright Travel Grant to Harvard University 1956-1957
  • Philip W. Anderson - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Physics 1977
    Fulbright Scholar to Japan 1953-1954
  • Rosalyn S. Yalow - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Medicine 1977
    Fulbright Scholar to Portugal 1979
  • Milton Friedman - United States
    Nobel Laureate in Economics 1976
    Fulbright Scholar to the U.K. 1953-1954