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Born to Jewish German parents, Moses was the “master builder” of mid-20th century New York City,… [More] Long Island, Rockland County, and Westchester County, New York. As the shaper of a modern city, he is sometimes compared to Baron Haussmann of Second Empire Paris, and is one of the most polarizing figures in the history of urban planning in the United States. One of his major contributions to urban planning was New York’s large parkway network. Moses’s projects were considered by many to be necessary for the region’s development after being hit hard by the Great Depression. During the height of his powers, New York City participated in the construction of two huge World’s Fairs: one in 1939 and the other in 1964. Moses was also in large part responsible for the United Nations’ decision to headquarter in Manhattan, as opposed to Philadelphia, by helping the state secure the money and land needed for the project. [Less]
1910: Abe Burrows
Burrows was a Jewish-American humorist, author, and director for radio and the stage. He won a… [More] Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award in 1951 for composing his Broadway hit“Guys and Dolls.” He was also a popular guest on the Hollywood party circuit. [Less]
1939: Harold E. Varmus
Varmus is a Jewish-American Nobel Prize-winning scientist and the 14th and current Director of the National… [More] Cancer Institute, a post he was appointed to by US President Barack Obama. He was a co-recipient (along with J. Michael Bishop) of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes. He also serves as one of three co-Chairs of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. [Less]