SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE: SUCCESSFUL IMMIGRANT AUTHOR AND DOCTOR
Immigrant Author and Doctor
The Pulitzer Prize is awarded for outstanding contribution to the literature and is considered as the Oscars of the literary world. Winning the Pulitzer is a rare feat, which many authors aspire to achieve at least once in their lifetime. The award is so prestigious that being nominated for it is also considered as an honor worth mentioning. Authors spend the best years of their life in courting this elusive prize. Imagine then, the Pulitzer being won for a book, not written by an author but by a Doctor for his very first book. Which is exactly what happened in the case of Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Dr. Mukherjee is an Indian immigrant Scientist, oncologist, physician, and author who is famous in literary circles for his two best sellers
- Cancer: The emperor of maladies
- Gene: An intimate Story
His books have won critical acclaim and have been placed on many best seller lists including the New York Times Best Seller list and the Oprah Top 10 books.
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Dr. Mukherjee a Successful Immigrant in USA
Dr. Mukherjee's first book Cancer: The emperor of maladies is a non-fiction researched account into the history of cancer, the spread of the disease and the attempts at its core. The book was hailed both for it is in depth research into the subject and for its lucid writing style, which critics said brought the difficult subject into the hands of the layman. The book quickly climbed to the top of the best-selling charts and was awarded the Pulitzer for general non-fiction category in 2010. The book was also turned into a documentary of the same name, which was aired on PBS network and went on to win the Emmy award.
His second book, The Gene: An Intimate History was in his own words, an attempt to study the history of genes and throw light on genes and genetic research in the future. The book brought the highly scientific subject to the drawing rooms of people and quickly became the topic of discussion at various literary, medical and social and circles and was on top of many best-selling lists, got a rating of 4.4/5 on good reads and was recommended by many including Bill Gates as a must read.
About Dr. Mukherjee's
So what was it about Dr. Mukherjee's career that made him such a prolific writer? One thing that stands out is his passion for research and his absolute grasp of the subject matter that he deals with in his books. He is extremely well informed about the subjects he writes about, which is not surprising considering his educational background. Born in Delhi, India. Dr. Mukherjee can well be called a poster boy for the success of immigration. After completing his schooling in St Columba School Delhi he immigrated to the USA, like many of his generation and completed his B.S in biology from Stanford University one of the Ivy League colleges in the USA. During his stint at Stanford, Dr. Mukherjee got an opportunity to work in the laboratory of Paul Berg, a Nobel laureate, where he worked on defining genes of cells that change the behavior of cancerous cells. After completing his B.S he went on earn his D.Phil. from University of Oxford's Magdalena College, to which he earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Study in USA. He worked on research about the role of viral antigens in activating the immune system.
His research won him many prestigious grants including the Challenge Grant which is awarded by the National Institute of Health to researchers who are pioneers in their field. He then went on to complete his M.D from Harvard University. He then worked as a resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital and subsequently as a Fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. His illustrious career also saw him joining the faculty at the Department of Medicine, in Columbia University Medical Center, being invited to be the Plummer Visiting Professor at the Mayo Clinic, an honorary visiting professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Joseph Garland lecturer at the Massachusetts Medical Society, among others. The Indian Government recognized his contribution to research and awarded him the Parma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India. The life of Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee shows us how an ordinary person can turn into an extraordinary genius, hailed across the world, by gaining a global experience.
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