This year’s Nobel countOctober 5, 2016 Tim WorstallThe English22 CommentsBrits are 4 out of 7 so far. Well done lads! previousBlack footy bags banned in IndianextCan someone help me with streaming and chromecast and stuff? 22 thoughts on “This year’s Nobel count” Bloke in Germany October 5, 2016 at 11:30 am Tim’s commenter surely have to submit a joint bid for the ignobel, in recognition of the discovery of the gluton. Rocco Siffredi October 5, 2016 at 11:44 am Tim should have got a “despite Brexit” in there. Just for Luis Enrique Andrew M October 5, 2016 at 11:44 am Brits working in America. Says a lot. Hallowed Be October 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm BiG – ah too kind… but a real Nobel for food should definitely go to the person who invents gluon free food. Gareth October 5, 2016 at 12:04 pm Had to laugh at Newsnight last night. The introduction would have led you to believe the brain drain was just an 80s thing. We’ve got a Conservative government with a female PM so obviously it’s Fatcher 2.0. So Much For Subtlety October 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm Seven males. Six Whites. One Japanese – although oddly he was awarded the prize for work done in Japan which is unusual. One Jew. So pretty much par for the course. Yet again 90% of the world’s population made no contribution to its progress. Elkanahaon October 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm Particularly delighted to see Michael Kosterlitz win it. His father Hans – who was a Biologist/medical scientist rather than a Physicist like his son – is one of the most famous cases of a scientist everyone agreed deserved the Nobel Prize (for discovering Endorphins) but was passed over due to a strop between 2 American researchers over which of them deserved to be recognised alongside him and the committee wanting no part of the messy controversy. So finally a Kosterlitz Nobel Laureate some 30 years (and a generation) late. BobRocket October 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm At least two of those four are from Scotland and so don’t really sit happily under the tagline ‘The English’ Are ‘Nobels’ getting easier as all these Brits are getting them, is there grade inflation going on, questions are being asked. Alex October 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm @Andrew M: they working at Cambridge and Birmingham when they did the prize winning work. Dr Evil October 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm I think they all work and hold academic posts in the USA. A prophet in his own land etc………………. dearieme October 5, 2016 at 1:25 pm “Brits working in America. Says a lot.” Aye, it says that that’s where the money is. Rob October 5, 2016 at 1:28 pm The important, nay the only question: have any of them ever worn a shirt offensive to feminists? john77 October 5, 2016 at 3:01 pm Read Alex and dearieme in conjunction and the word “braindrain” which was common in my youth jumps up in fluorescent typeface. BraveFart October 5, 2016 at 3:06 pm Is it not time for the Nobel prize committee to introduce some sort of handicapping system, like in golf? West European white males would, so to speak, play off scratch West European white females off say 20 Black African males off 40 Black African females off 50 Black African LBGTTs off 60 etc etc all the way up to Afghan females and trannies etc off 99.999 It can’t be right that we fail to take into account the obstacles in the way of those disadvantaged by colour, sex, sexual orientation, culture etc. It’s almost mediaeval living in such a discriminatory, patriarchal white man in the pub environment, just like on the golf course. john77 October 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm @ Alex The official media release says Sheffield University. Doesn’t detract from your point. john77 October 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm @ Bravefart Jewish males off minus 10? Before you ask: no, I am not Jewish BraveFart October 5, 2016 at 3:27 pm john77 Yes, that could be seen as fair although some would say that circumcising them at birth is handicap enough, much like FGM. Alternatively, we could just blow up the whole edifice of privilege that is the Nobel prize system with, oh, dynamite? Nautical Nick October 5, 2016 at 10:26 pm SMFS As Richard Dawkins has pointed out, Trinity College, Cambridge, has won more Nobels than the whole of the Muslim world. Richard October 5, 2016 at 11:10 pm Nick, yes, but apparently it’s also got more than France. john77 October 5, 2016 at 11:27 pm @ Nautical Nick The latest guy is/was a Fellow of Trinity Hall (a different college) so he doesn’t add to their massive score. john77 October 5, 2016 at 11:31 pm @ Nautical Nick I should have added that Trinity College is famous for its mathematicians and there is no Nobel Prize for Mathematics so it is competing under a massive handicap. Bloke in Costa Rica October 6, 2016 at 1:30 am The Physics department at Imperial has more Nobel winners than the Muslim world, despite the fact that one of its Laureates actually was a Muslim. Of course he was an Ahmadi, so according to the oh-so-enlightened Pakistanis, that trumps his having formulated electroweak unification theory. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.