6 revolutionary refugees that changed the world for the better
Europe is currently in the midst of a migrant crisis. In 2015 alone, more than a million people alone crossed into Europe to seek refuge from divisions and wars within their own countries. While some countries in the EU are having a hard time accepting refugees, or are denying their entry all together, it hasn't slowed the amount of people looking for a new home.
Just as abroad, the United States is also struggling with similar issues. Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for the 2016 Presidential election, has made clear his stance on Muslims and undocumented immigrants. But, over the years refugees have made some extraordinary differences in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Here are some of the most revolutionary refugees, and how they changed the world for the better:
- Carl Djerassi is best known for inventing oral birth control. He lived in Bulgaria before leaving after the Nazis invaded.
- David Tran helped make food spicier by developing Sriracha. Tran fled Southern Vietnam after communists took power
- Hans Adolf Krebs won a Nobel Prize for the "Krebs Cycle" or how cells produce energy through metabolic reactions. He fled Nazi Germany and sought refuge in the U.K.
- Albert Einstein fled Germany because of Jewish persecution. Thanks to him we have the general theory of relativity - E=mc2
- Denis Papin fled France during the persecution of the Huguenots. Without his mind we wouldn't have the steamboat or the pressure cooker
- Sigmund Freud lived in the U.K. after the Nazi's invaded Austria. He is best known as the founder of psychoanalysis.
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