Well done to Serge Haroche for winning this year’s Nobel Prize for Physics with David Wineland. They were awarded the prize “for groundbreaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems” according to the Nobel Prize website.
Haroche is a French Jew of Moroccan descent. Wineland definitely sounds like he could be Jewish, but I haven’t been able to clarify for certain whether he is Jewish or not. I assume he isn’t, but only because I haven’t found a source saying he is Jewish online yet and everyone has been writing about how Haroche is Jewish.
See here for a full list of this year’s Nobel Prize winners. So far only the Physics and Physiology/Medicine Nobel prizes have been awarded this year. The other Nobel prizes will be awarded in the next week.
Last year, there were five Jewish Nobel Prize winners. Overall, Jews have won approximately 20% of the Nobel Prizes awarded to date. An extremely impressive statistic considering Jews constitute only 0.2% of the world’s population.
And finally here’s an inspirational story that I read on Wikipedia today:
John Gurdon was awarded the Lasker Award in 2009 and this year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. But this is what Wikipedia his past:
Gurdon attended Eton College, where he ranked last out of the 250 boys in his year group at biology, and was in the bottom set in every other science subject. A schoolmaster wrote a report stating “I believe he has ideas about becoming a scientist; on his present showing this is quite ridiculous.”
Quite impressive. Now he was obviously very bright, since he attended Oxford University, but that was to study Classics. He wasn’t a very good biologist at a young age. Just goes to show “Impossible is Nothing”.