Nobel Laureates Speak Out for Imprisoned Scholar Ahmadreza Djalali

Posted November 25, 2020

A global consortium of 153 Nobel Laureates has issued a letter expressing concern for imprisoned disaster medicine scholar Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali. The consortium’s latest letter—they began writing on Dr. Djalali’s behalf in November 2017—was issued in light of news that Iranian authorities are preparing to carry out the death sentence against Dr. Djalali.

25th November 2020

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Dear Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

Beginning in November 2017 I have written on behalf of a consortium of Nobel Laureates about the plight of a medical scholar, Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, who was arrested on an academic visit to Tehran in April 2016. We wrote again in 2018 and in 2019 and support continues to grow.

Attached is a list of 153 Nobel Laureates supporting this cause. We would urge you to attend to this case personally and make sure that Dr. Djalali is treated humanely and fairly and is released as soon as possible.

We respectfully request that you direct the Iranian authorities to allow Dr. Djalali to return home to his wife and children and continue his scholarly work for the benefit of mankind.

Yours sincerely,

Sir Richard Roberts Ph.D., F.R.S.

Name Category Prize Year
Peter Agre Chemistry 2003
George A. Akerlof Economics 2001
Sidney Altman Chemistry 1989
Hiroshi Amano Physics 2014
Frances H. Arnold Chemistry 2018
Robert J. Aumann Economics 2005
Barry Clark Barish Physics 2017
Francoise Barre-Sinoussi Medicine 2008
J. Georg Bednorz Physics 1987
Paul Berg Chemistry 1980
J. Michael Bishop Medicine 1989
Gunter Blobel Medicine 1999
Sydney Brenner Medicine 2002
William C. Campbell Medicine 2015
Mario R. Capecchi Medicine 2007
Thomas R. Cech Chemistry 1989
Martin Chalfie Chemistry 2008
Steven Chu Physics 1997
Aaron Ciechanover Chemistry 2004
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio Literature 2008
J. M. Coetzee Literature 2003
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji Physics 1997
Elias James Corey Chemistry 1990
Mairead Maguire Peace 1976
Robert F. Curl Jr. Chemistry 1996
Johann Deisenhofer Chemistry 1988
Peter C. Doherty Medicine 1996
Shirin Ebadi Peace 2003
Gerhard Ertl Chemistry 2007
Andrew Z. Fire Medicine 2006
Edmond H. Fischer Medicine 1992
Joachim Frank Chemistry 2017
Jerome I. Friedman Physics 1990
Leymah Roberta Gbowee Peace 2011
Andre Geim Physics 2010
Walter Gilbert Chemistry 1980
Sheldon Glashow Physics 1979
Paul Greengard Medicine 2000
Carol W. Greider Medicine 2009
David J. Gross Physics 2004
Robert H. Grubbs Chemistry 2005
Roger Guillemin Medicine 1977
Sir John B. Gurdon Medicine 2012
John L. Hall Physics 2005
Jeffrey Connor Hall Medicine 2017
Serge Haroche Physics 2012
Oliver Hart Economics 2016
Leland H. Hartwell Medicine 2001
Harald zur Hausen Medicine 2008
Richard Henderson Chemistry 2017
Dudley R. Herschbach Chemistry 1986
Avram Hershko Chemistry 2004
Jules A. Hoffmann Medicine 2011
Roald Hoffmann Chemistry 1981
H. Robert Horvitz Medicine 2002
Michael Houghton Medicine 2020
Robert Huber Chemistry 1988
Tim Hunt Medicine 2001
Louis J. Ignarro Medicine 1998
Elfriede Jelinek Literature 2004
Brian D. Josephson Physics 1973
William G. Kaelin Jr. Medicine 2019
Takaaki Kajita Physics 2015
Eric R. Kandel Medicine 2000
Tawakkol Karman Peace 2011
Wolfgang Ketterle Physics 2001
F.W. de Klerk Peace 1993
Klaus von Klitzing Physics 1985
Brian K. Kobilka Chemistry 2012
Roger D. Kornberg Chemistry 2006
J. Michael Kosterlitz Physics 2016
Finn E. Kydland Economics 2004
Yuan T. Lee Chemistry 1986
Robert J. Lefkowitz Chemistry 2012
Anthony J. Leggett Physics 2003
Jean-Marie Lehn Chemistry 1987
Michael Levitt Chemistry 2013
Tomas Lindahl Chemistry 2015
Robert E. Lucas Jr. Economics 1995
Eric S. Maskin Economics 2007
John C. Mather Physics 2006
Michel Mayor Physics 2019
Daniel L. McFadden Economics 2000
Craig C. Mello Medicine 2006
Robert C. Merton Economics 1997
Hartmut Michel Chemistry 1988
Patrick Modiano Literature 2014
Paul L. Modrich Chemistry 2015
William E. Moerner Chemistry 2014
Edvard Moser Medicine 2014
May-Britt Moser Medicine 2014
Gerard Mourou Physics 2018
Herta Muller Literature 2009
Kary B. Mullis Chemistry 1993
Robert A. Mundell Economics 1999
Alice Munro Literature 2013
Ferid Murad Medicine 1998
Erwin Neher Medicine 1991
Sir Paul Nurse Medicine 2001
Yoshinori Ohsumi Medicine 2016
Douglas D. Osheroff Physics 1996
Orhan Pamuk Literature 2006
James Peebles Physics 2019
Arno Penzias Physics 1978
Edmund S. Phelps Economics 2006
William D. Phillips Physics 1997
John C. Polanyi Chemistry 1986
H. David Politzer Physics 2004
Stanley B. Prusiner Medicine 1997
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan Chemistry 2009
Jose Ramos-Horta Peace 1996
Charles M. Rice Medicine 2020
Sir Richard J. Roberts Medicine 1993
Jean-Pierre Sauvage Chemistry 2016
Randy W. Schekman Medicine 2013
Richard R. Schrock Chemistry 2005
Gregg L. Semenza Medicine 2019
Phillip A. Sharp Medicine 1993
K. Barry Sharpless Chemistry 2001
Christopher A. Sims Economics 2011
Vernon L. Smith Economics 2002
George P. Smith Chemistry 2018
Hamilton O. Smith Medicine 1978
Wole Soyinka Literature 1986
A. Michael Spence Economics 2001
Thomas A. Steitz Chemistry 2009
Sir James Fraser Stoddart Chemistry 2016
Horst L. Stormer Physics 1998
Donna Strickland Physics 2018
John E. Sulston Medicine 2002
Jack W. Szostak Medicine 2009
Joseph H. Taylor Jr. Physics 1993
Kip Stephen Thorne Physics 2017
Mario Vargas Llosa Literature 2010
Harold E. Varmus Medicine 1989
Sir John E. Walker Chemistry 1997
J. Robin Warren Medicine 2005
Arieh Warshel Chemistry 2013
Steve Weinberg Physics 1979
Rainer Weiss Physics 2017
M. Stanley Whittingham Chemistry 2019
Carl E. Wieman Physics 2001
Eric F. Wieschaus Medicine 1995
Torsten N. Wiesel Medicine 1981
Frank Wilczek Physics 2004
Jody Williams Peace 1997
Oliver E. Williamson Economics 2009
Robert Woodrow Wilson Physics 1978
David J. Wineland Physics 2012
Sir Gregory P. Winter Chemistry 2018
Kurt Wuthrich Chemistry 2002
Akira Yoshino Chemistry 2019
Michael W. Young Medicine 2017