Famous Immigrant Birthdays in February

CitizenPath recognizes February birthdays for famous, accomplished and notable immigrant Americans. Thank an immigrant for making the USA great. History has proven that immigrants help spur creativity, invention and new job growth. Immigration reform will help the best and brightest doctors, engineers, entertainers and entrepreneurs stay in the United States. Our list features foreign-born persons who became permanent residents or citizens of the United States.

Ayn Rand, Russian American immigrant, one of many notable immigrant birthdays in February

Ayn Rand (February 2, 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian American novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter who is well-known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.

Shakira, Columbian American immigrant, one of several famous immigrant birthdays in February
Photo credit: Movimiento ALAS

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1978), known professionally as Shakira, is a Colombian American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer and model.

Elizabeth Blackwell, English American immigrant

Elizabeth Blackwell (February 3, 1821 – May 31, 1910) was an English American pioneer in the education of women in medicine. She was the first openly identified woman to graduate from medical school and the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.

Jose Antonio Vargas, Filipino American immigrant
Photo credit: Larry D. Moore

Jose Antonio Vargas (born February 3, 1981) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and immigration activist who became a poster child for DREAMers when he outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in The New York Times Magazine. He is also founder of the Define American non-profit.

Jennifer Granholm, Canadian American immigrant
Photo credit: Auberon

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm (born February 5, 1959) is a Canadian American politician, educator, author, and political commentator who served as Attorney General of Michigan and 47th governor of the U.S. state of Michigan.

Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian American immigrant

Zsa Zsa Gabor (February 6, 1917 – December 18, 2016) was a Hungarian American socialite and actress who acted in supporting roles in movies, on Broadway, and occasionally on television.

Bob Marley, Jamaican American immigrant, one of several famous immigrant birthdays in February
Photo credit: Caspiax

Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican American reggae singer-songwriter and guitarist who is well known for his dreadlocked hair and Rastafarian spirituality. He achieved international fame and success as a member of the Wailers and as a solo artist.

An Wang, Chinese American immigrant, one of many notable immigrant birthdays in February

Dr. An Wang (February 7, 1920 – March 24, 1990) was a Chinese American computer engineer, inventor and co-founder of Wang Laboratories, which was known primarily for its dedicated word processing machines. He was also an important contributor to the development of magnetic core memory.

Steve Nash, Canadian American immigrant, one of several famous immigrant birthdays in February
Photo credit: Scott Mecum

Steve Nash (born February 7, 1974) was a Canadian American professional basketball player who played most of his active years with the Mavericks and Lakers of the NBA. Nash is a two-time MVP, eight-time All Star and budding philanthropist.

Marin Soljacic, Croatian American immigrant

Marin Soljačić (born February 7, 1974) is a Croatian American physicist and electrical engineer who is working on wireless electricity technology. He founded WiTricity to commercialize the wireless electricity technology.

Hannah Penn, Honorary US Citizen English
Photo credit: The Intelligencer

Hannah Callowhill Penn (February 11, 1671 – December 20, 1726) was the English wife of Pennsylvania founder William Penn who administered the Province during her husband’s poor health and after his death. She was granted honorary U.S. citizenship in 1984.

Leslie Nielsen, Canadian American immigrant
Photo credit: Alan Light

Leslie Nielsen (February 11, 1926 – November 28, 2010) was a Canadian American actor and comedian who appeared in more than two hundred films and television programs.

Eva Gabor, Hungarian American immigrant
Photo credit: Linda Bisset

Eva Gabor (February 11, 1919 – July 4, 1995) was a Hungarian American socialite and actress. She was widely known for her role on the 1965 to 1971 television sitcom Green Acres.

Leo Szilard, Hungarian American immigrant, one of many notable immigrant birthdays in February
Photo credit: U.S. Department of Energy

Leó Szilárd (February 11, 1898 – May 30, 1964) was a Hungarian American physicist and inventor who conceived the nuclear chain reaction and co-patented the idea of a nuclear reactor. He wrote the letter for Albert Einstein’s signature that resulted in the Manhattan Project.

Paul Chu, Chinese American immigrant
Photo credit: University of Houston

Paul Chu (born February 12, 1941) is a Chinese American physicist specializing in superconductivity, magnetism, and dielectrics. He was one of the first scientists to demonstrate high-temperature superconductivity.

Leopold Godowsky, Polish American immigrant

Leopold Godowsky (February 13, 1870 - November 21, 1938) was a Polish American pianist, composer and teacher. He was one of the most highly regarded performers of his era. His son by the same name would go on to co-invent Kodachrome photo transparency film.

Willem Kolff, Dutch American immigrant
Photo credit: KNAW

Willem Johan “Pim” Kolff (February 14, 1911 – February 11, 2009) was a Dutch American physician, a pioneer of hemodialysis and inventor of the artificial kidney.

John W Nordstrom, Swedish American immigrant

John W. Nordstrom (February 15, 1871 – October 11, 1963) was a Swedish American entrepreneur and businessman. After arriving in the United States with $5 and not knowing a word of English, he co-founded the Nordstrom department store chain.

Richard Blanco, Spanish American immigrant
Photo credit: Sam Farzaneh

Richard Blanco (born February 15, 1968) is a Spanish American poet, public speaker, author and civil engineer. As the the inaugural poet for Barack Obama’s second inauguration, he is the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet.

Xixi Yang, Chinese American immigrant
Photo credit: Glenn Francis

XiXi Yang (born February 16, 1989) is a Chinese American TV personality and former beauty queen. She was crowned Miss China 2008 Hawaiian Tropic.

Lou Diamond Phillips, Filipino American immigrant, one of several famous immigrant birthdays in February
Photo credit: Rob DiCaterino

Lou Diamond Phillips (born February 17, 1962) is a Filipino American film, television, and stage actor and director best known for his breakthrough role as Ritchie Valens in the film La Bamba.

Jen Hsun Huang, Taiwanese American immigrant, one of several accomplished immigrant birthdays in February
Photo credit: NVIDIA

Jen-Hsun Huang (born February 17, 1963) is a Taiwanese American entrepreneur and businessman who co-founded the graphics-processor company Nvidia and serves as its president and CEO.

Eric Yuan, Chinese American immigrant
Photo credit: India Today

Eric Yuan (born February 20, 1970) is a Chinese American entrepreneur and businessman. He is the founder and CEO of Zoom Video Communications, the wildly popular video conferencing tool used by millions of people worldwide.

Livan Hernandez, Cuban American immigrant

Eisler Liván Hernández Carrera (born February 20, 1975) is a Cuban American retired professional baseball pitcher. Hernandez was a two-time All Star and won the series MVP award when his team, the Florida Marlins, won the World Series.

Rihanna Barbadian, American Immigant, one of several famous immigrant birthdays in February
Photo credit: Boris Kasimov

Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), known by her stage name Rihanna, is a Barbadian American Grammy Award-winning recording artist, actress, and fashion designer.

Jin Xuefei, Chinese American immigrant
Photo credit: Russell Hirshon

Jīn Xuěfēi (born February 21, 1956) is a contemporary Chinese American poet and novelist using the pen name Ha Jin. He won the National Book Award for Waiting.

Kumail Nanjiani, Pakistani American immigrant
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Kumail Nanjiani (born February 21, 1978) is a Pakistani American comedian, actor and screenwriter who is best known for his role as Dinesh in the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley. He also was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his co-writing on The Big Sick, a romantic comedy film.

Emily Blunt, British American immigrant
Photo credit: Nicole Alexander

Emily Blunt (born February 23, 1983) is a British American actress. Blunt is well known for her work in Gideon's Daughter and A Quiet Place for which she won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award respectively.

Andrew Wiggins, Canadian American immigrant
Photo credit: Susan Lesch

Andrew Wiggins (born February 23, 1995) is a Canadian American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors who was selected number #1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. He would go on to earn NBA Rookie of the Year honors for the 2014-15 season.

Ted Arison, Israeli American immigrant, one of several distinguished immigrant birthdays in February
Photo credit: Take Part

Ted Arison (February 24, 1924 — October 1, 1999) was an Israeli American businessman who co-founded Norwegian Cruise Lines and founded Carnival Cruise Lines. He was also a philanthropist through his Arison Foundation.

Ahmed Hassan Zewail (February 26, 1946 - August 2, 2016) was an Egyptian American Nobel Prize-winning scientist, known as the father of femtochemistry.

Levi Strauss, German American immigrant

Levi Strauss (February 26, 1829 – September 26, 1902) was a German American businessman who founded the first company to manufacture blue jeans, Levi Strauss & Co.

Daniel Tsui, Chinese American immigrant
Photo credit: Peking University

Daniel Chee Tsui (born February 28, 1939) is a Chinese American physicist whose areas of research included electrical properties of thin films and microstructures of semiconductors and solid-state physics. Tsui won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1998.

Mario Andretti, Italian American immigrant
Photo credit: Stuart Seeger

Mario Gabriele Andretti (born February 28, 1940) is an Italian American retired world champion racing driver. He is one of the winningest Americans in the history of the sport and one of only two drivers to win races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR.

Luka Doncic, Slovenian American immigrant
Photo credit: Erik Drost

Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian American professional basketball player who is a part of the National Basketball Association. The guard is a two-time NBA All-Star also took Rookie of the Year honors in 2019.

John Holland, Irish American immigrant
Photo credit: Brown Bros.

John Holland (February 29, 1840 - August 12, 1914) was an Irish American engineer who held numerous patents related to submarines. He is credited with developing the first submarine to be formally commissioned by the U.S. Navy.

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