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Born in China, Avshalomov is a Jewish-American composer and conductor. His father was Aaron… [More] Avshalomov, the Siberian-born composer known for “oriental musical materials cast in western forms and media”; his mother was from San Francisco. During World War II he lived in London, where he conducted a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St John Passion.” He received the Ditson Fellowship in Composition following World War II and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1951. [Less]
1930: Jerome Isaac Friedman
Friedman was the Jewish-American physicist who co-discovered the quark and won the Nobel Prize in Physics in… [More] 1990. He was born in Chicago, Illinois to parents who emigrated to the US from Russia, and excelled particularly in art while growing up. He became interested in physics after reading a book on relativity written by Albert Einstein, and as a result he turned down a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago to study physics at the University of Chicago. [Less]
1969: Brett Ratner
Ratner is a Jewish-American film director, film producer and music video director. He is known for… [More] directing the “Rush Hour” film series, “The Family Man,” “Red Dragon,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and “Tower Heist.” He was also a producer on the Fox drama series, “Prison Break.” [Less]