Yesterday, Mayor James Fiorentini’s Facebook page was buzzing with talk about native son Rothman having won the Nobel Prize. Fiorentini posted that he would reach out to Rothman and invite him to Haverhill to honor him.
Timothy Coco, vice president of the Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame, said he expects Rothman to someday be included among that select group of citizens who have made significant contributions to the larger community of state, nation and world.
But, Rothman does not meet one essential criteria at this time.
Induction to the Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame requires that nominees have a substantive Haverhill connection, and have significantly impacted society beyond Haverhill’s borders. And in order to allow for the benefit and added perspective of time, the individual must be deceased for at least one year.
“The Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame inspires our youth to do great things and show them hat no matter their roots, they can go on to achieve greatness,” Coco said.
Dr. Sam Amari of Haverhill didn’t know James Rothman, but had the pleasure of meeting his father, Dr. Martin Rothman, when he retired in 1983 and put his office at 640 Main St. on the market.
“I heard it was for sale and I bought it as an investment, then sold it in 2004,” Amari said. “The father was brilliant and so is the son.
“How many people have a chance to win a Nobel Prize?” Amari said. “It’s a great honor to know the doctor’s son (James Rothman) attended Haverhill’s school system.”
Rothman has worked at Princeton University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute and Columbia University. In 2008, he joined the faculty of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is currently Professor and Chairman in the Department of Cell Biology.
The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm announced yesterday that it awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Rothman; Randy Schekman, professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley; and Thomas Suedhof, a physiology professor at Stanford University. The three scientists will share the $1.25 million prize, the Nobel Assembly announced.