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Other less important Nobel laureates

Posted by horsservice on October 13, 2009

Some negligible work of negligible people

As you all know, Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize. But very few know the little details of the ceremony, like all those other lesser prizes distributed to unknown persons, to reward them for achievements in vague domains, like chemistry or physics. To those who have a mild interest in them nevertheless, here are the names.

Physiology or Medicine: americano-australian Elizabeth Blackburn, american Carol Greider and naturalised american Jack Szostak.

For their work on telomerase and telomeres, which are one of the keys of understanding aging.

Physics: americano-english Charles Kao, americano-canadian Willard Boyle and american Georg Smith

For their work on the transmission of information by optic fiber and the invention of the CCD sensor

Chemistry: english Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, american Thomas Steitz, israelian Ada Yonath

For their work on the ribosom, the factory of proteins of the body

Litterature: naturalised german Herta Müller

For her poetry of the dispossessed under the Ceausescu dictature

Prize in Economics of the Bank of Sweden in memory to Alfred Nobel: american Elinor Ostrom(1st woman to get it!) and Oliver Williamson

For their work on economic governance, inside and outside common boundaries.


What can we see? Lots of americans. Another thing? Lots of these americans weren’t born american. What can we conlude? America is build by immigrants. Good thing they now have a president that comes from recent immigration (But is born american).

Last year there was a lot of frenchs, Yay us! Coc-a-doodle!

Other Nobels

The Ig Nobels are a parodic prize that reward atypic, eccentric or highly unrecommendable researchs, people and organisations, noted for their remarkable performance. Notably, the Ig nobels have awarded the State Boards of Education of Colorado and Kansas in 1999 for mandating that children should not believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution any more than they believe in Newton’s theory of gravitation, Faraday’s and Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism, or Pasteur’s theory that germs cause disease.

Biology: Fumiaki Taguchi, Song Guofu and Zhang Guanglei of Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Sagamihara, Japan, for demonstrating that kitchen refuse can be reduced more than 90% in mass by using bacteria extracted from the feces of giant pandas.

Chemistry: Javier Morales, Miguel Apatiga and Victor M. Castano of Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, for creating diamond film from tequila.

Economics: The directors, executives, and auditors of four Icelandic banks — Kaupthing Bank, Landsbanki, Glitnir Bank, and Central Bank of Iceland — for demonstrating that tiny banks can be rapidly transformed into huge banks, and vice versa (and for demonstrating that similar things can be done to an entire national economy).

Literature: Ireland’s police service for writing and presenting more than 50 traffic tickets to the most frequent driving offender in the country – Prawo Jazdy – whose name in Polish means “Driving Licence”.

Mathematics: Gideon Gono, governor of Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank, for giving people a simple, everyday way to cope with a wide range of numbers by having his bank print notes with denominations ranging from one cent to one hundred trillion dollars.

Medicine: Donald L. Unger of Thousand Oaks, California, US, for investigating a possible cause of arthritis of the fingers, by diligently cracking the knuckles of his left hand but not his right hand every day for more than 60 years.

Peace: Stephan Bolliger, Steffen Ross, Lars Oesterhelweg, Michael Thali and Beat Kneubuehl of the University of Bern, Switzerland, for determining whether it is better to be smashed over the head with a full bottle of beer or with an empty bottle.

Physics: Katherine K. Whitcome of the University of Cincinnati, Daniel E Lieberman of Harvard University and Liza J. Shapiro of the University of Texas, all in the US, for analytically determining why pregnant women do not tip over.

Public Health: Elena N. Bodnar, Raphael C. Lee, and Sandra Marijan of Chicago, US, for inventing a bra that can be quickly converted into a pair of gas masks – one for the wearer and one to be given to a needy bystander.

Veterinary medicine: Catherine Douglas and Peter Rowlinson of Newcastle University, UK, for showing that cows with names give more milk than cows that are nameless.


9 Responses to “Other less important Nobel laureates”

  1. Hey, does anyone know how to get just the abstract on the main page? So that we would have a “read the rest of this entry” at the end… I fear I may making too big posts…


  2. dorian said

    hello, hors, welcome back!

    i like that peace price award given to the swiss in the “other nobels category”.

    the “read the rest of this entry” tool is the button to the left of the abc spell check. just place your cursor where you want it to cut off then click on that button!


  3. obama the antichrist said

    even the literature did something productive. obama has done nothing but inspire…INSPIRE! you cant give an award for an idea when there is tangible works out there that are more beneficial.


  4. dorian said

    maybe if we blog hard enough they’ll give adkob a nobel prize too 😀


  5. obama the antichrist said

    well i think the qualifications are being lowered so there is HOPE that this blog will be the top blog in the country ahahahha 😀


  6. obama the antichrist said

    i meant that the qualifications for the nobel prize ahahahaha


  7. Enkill_Eridos said

    some of these less notable awards actually has made our lives easier (I havent seen the panda poop bacteria on the shelves yet.) But the thing with optic fiber transmission you do know most of the US is benefitting from that via the internet. The other things we may never see the result of that. If this blog becomes the reason for a peace treaty I would die from a heart attack for laughing so hard.


  8. thanks hors. i watch all of the news outlets (CNN, MSNBC, FOX) and i have yet to hear of anyone else winning any award this year but obama.

    p.s., fox is still having a hissy fit about it.


  9. Yes, I find it sad that so few “generalist” channels, even here in France, are interested in science, except on the environnemental point of view… Whereas understanding how the universe works is kind of relevant to me. There wouldn’t so much anti-scientific behavior if scientists were a bit more fashionable. Oh well. Most scientists are not politicians. They do more for you on the long term than any politician is doing, though. And they only expect peer recognition.

    Thanks dorian for the precision, it will help 😉


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