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    Christian Anfinsen

    Jew Score:
    10

    I2

    O3

    K5
    March 26, 1916 – May 14, 1995

    Semantics!

    Christian Anfinsen was Jewish. (Yes, CHRISTIAN. We'll get to the details soon.)

    Christian Anfinsen was a Nobel Prize winner.

    But was Christian Anfinsen a Jewish Nobel Prize winner?

    Anfinsen, a Norwegian American, became a Jew in 1979. He underwent an Orthodox conversion upon marriage. His Nobel Prize in Chemistry came in 1972.

    So no, Anfinsen wasn't a Jewish Nobel winner at the time of the award. But he did become a Jew seven years later. And not counting Anfinsen among Jews who won Nobels seems to do everyone a disservice...

    Let's just say that Anfinsen was a Jewish, Nobel Prize winner.

    Semantics!

    Verdict: Jew.

    January 25, 2012

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