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Michelson was a Jewish-American physicist known for his work on the measurement of the speed of light and… [More] especially for the Michelson-Morley experiment. In 1907 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics. He became the first American to receive the Nobel Prize in sciences. [Less]
1882: Bronisław Huberman
Huberman was a Jewish Polish violinist. He was known for his individualistic and personal… [More] interpretations and was praised for his tone color, expressiveness, and flexibility. In 1929 Huberman first visited Palestine and developed his vision of establishing classical music in the Promised Land: In 1936 he founded the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra, which gave its first performance in December, with Arturo Toscanini conducting. Upon the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 the orchestra was renamed the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. [Less]
1940: Phil Ochs
Ochs was a Jewish-American protest singer/songwriter who was known for his sharp wit, political activism,… [More] sardonic humor, insightful lyrics, and distinctive voice. He wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and released eight albums in his lifetime. Ochs performed at many political events, including anti-Vietnam War and civil rights rallies, student events, and organized labor events over the course of his career, in addition to many concert appearances at such venues as New York City’s Town Hall and Carnegie Hall. Politically, Ochs described himself as a “left social democrat” who became an “early revolutionary” after the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago led to a police riot, which had a profound effect on him. [Less]