Here are some famous immigrants who came to the United States and made a difference in the lives of many Americans and the rest of the world.
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While visiting America in 1933 the Nazi party came to power in Germany and Einstein renounced his German citizenship for a second time. He chose to stay in America, accepting a position at Princeton University. One of the greatest physicists, if not the greatest, in the 20th century.
An English-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, author, and athlete who appeared on Broadway, in vaudeville, movies, television, and on the radio. Immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio. He was noted for his numerous United States Service Organizations (USO) shows entertaining American military personnel—he made 57 tours for the USO between 1941 and 1991. Throughout his long career, he was honored for this work. In 1997, the U.S. Congress declared him the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces."
Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1983. Chandrasekhar is noted for his mathematical theory of black holes. Chandrasekhar studied at Presidency College in Chennai and at the University of Cambridge. Most of his career was spent at the University of Chicago. He was the nephew of Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, who was 1930 winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics. (Murthy)
An English actor, comedian, and filmmaker, who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry.
An English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the rock group the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney he formed a song writing partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. He was granted permanent residency in the United States.
The standard of journalism was raised and credibility made the profession respectable. Pulitzer was an advocate of democracy who supported labor and exposed political corruption. Joseph was educated in Budapest. In 1864 he immigrated to the U.S. He became a writer and a publisher.
A Canadian singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor. Marketing executive, Scooter Braun first discovered Bieber through his YouTube videos in 2007. He is famous in the United and around the world as a young celebrity pop star. Moved to the United States to primarily pursue a career in entertainment and has a great number of followers.
In 1976, the little-known Belgian-born dressmaker founded Liz Claiborne Inc. with her husband and two partners. At the time, women were entering the workforce in large numbers for the first time, and Claiborne designed clothes to fit their new lifestyle. Today, the company is worth nearly $5 billion, with more than 40 brands in its fashion portfolio. (Forbes)
Maria Sharipova is a Russian professional Tennis player who as of June 9, 2014 is ranked world No. 5 by the Women's Tennis Team (WTA) and is the top Russian player. A United States Resident since 1994, Sharapova has won 32 WTA singles titles, including five Grand Slam singles titles. She has also won the year-end WTA Tour Championship in 2004. The WTA has ranked Sharapova world No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks.
A world-class immigrant athlete, Martina Navratilova , excelled in the sport of tennis. Born in Revnice, near Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1956, Navratilova defected to the United States in 1975, shortly after winning her first professional singles title in Orlando, Florida. She became a U.S. citizen in 1981. Navratilova is a former World No. 1 women’s tennis player.
M. Night. Shyamalan
An Indian-born American screenwriter, film director, and producer known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots including The Sixth Sense(1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Lady in the Water (2006) and The Last Airbender (2010). He is also known for filming and setting his movies in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised.
A Dominican retired professional baseball right fielder. Sosa played with four Major League Baseball teams over his career, which spanned from 1989 to 2007. Sosa's Major League career began with the Texas Rangers in 1989. After three seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Sosa became a member of the Chicago Cubs in 1992 and became one of the league's best hitters. In 1998, Sosa and Mark McGwire achieved national fame for their home run-hitting prowess in pursuit of Roger Maris' Home Field (Wikipedia)
Nadella was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, and given the name Nadella Satyanarayana. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Manipal Institute of Technology. He moved to the United States, where he earned an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Played a major role in cloud computing at Microsoft.
Brin was born in Moscow in August 1973 and moved to the U.S. six years later. He dropped out of a Ph.D. program at Stanford, where he met Google co-founder Larry Page, to develop a search engine out of a friend’s garage. They launched Google in 1998, taking the company public in August 2004. Since then, Google’s stock price has risen 420%. (Forbes)
Born on October 17, 1969 in Haiti, Wyclef Jean moved to New York in 1978 became known in the U.S. for his group the Fugees. Their album, The Score releases in 1996 sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, and launched them into the public eye.
Yao MingBorn in China to parents that are 6ft 7in and 6ft 3in, both parents were basketball players. Yao started playing basketball at the age of nine. By ten years old, Yao was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and doctors said he would grow to be over 7 feet tall. The Houston Rockets picked Yao as their number one pick and China allowed Tao to move to the U.S.