It is Nobel Prize week again. Starting Monday, the Nobel Foundation announces the Nobel Prize winners of 2015.
The eyes are again on Sweden for the Nobel Prize announcements. On Monday, the Nobel Foundation has announced the 2015 Medicine Nobel Prize. The 2015 Medicine Nobel Prize has been awarded to William C. Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura and Youyou Tu.
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Today, Tuesday, October 6 11:45am CET, the Nobel Committee announces the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. The prize will be announced by Göran K. Hansson, Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The announcement will be again live streamed and can be followed in the video player below.
Last year the Physics Nobel Prize went to Isamu Akasaki, Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan and Nagoya University, Japan, Hiroshi Amano, Nagoya University, Japan and Shuji Nakamura, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources. This was for a change research that is close to a technology that consumers use everyday and not some high flying particle physics stuff.
Thomson Reuters has released their Nobel Prize predictions again as they do since 2002. Reuters bases its Nobel Prize winner prediction on the citations of papers. Reuters has not predicted the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine correctly. Let's see if they score a win with the Physics Nobel Prize 2015. The list of laureates for the 2015 Physics Nobel Prize include Paul B. Corkum, Ferenc Krausz, Deborah S. Jin and Zhong Lin Wang.
For the first time, Thomson Reuters held a people's choice poll. The most votes got Zhong Lin Wang, from the Georgia Tech. There is a clear bias in the poll towards scientists working in the United States. This did not help predicting the first Nobel Prize of the year. Let's see how things turn out today.
Ben Stein, Director of Inside Science has predicted last year's Physics Nobel Prize winner correctly. He doubles down this year and picked a winner for this year. He favors Vera Rubin and Kent Ford for their work in discovering that most of the matter in galaxies. His reasoning is quite conclusive. He argues that there is a pattern and this year it is time for a Nobel Prize in cosmology.
Nobel Prize 2015 Schedule
PHYSICS - Tuesday 6 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
CHEMISTRY - Wednesday 7 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
LITERATURE - October 8, 13:00 a.m.
PEACE - Friday 9 October, 11:00 a.m.
ECONOMIC SCIENCES - Monday 12 October, 1:00 p.m. at the earliest
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The Nobel Prize is awarded since 1901. the Nobel Prize has been honoring men and women from all corners of the globe for outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and for work in peace. In 1895 Alfred Nobel wrote his last will, leaving much of his wealth to the establishment of the Nobel Prize. Nobel is the inventor of dynamite and holder of 355 patents. He was born in 1833 and died 1896.