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Jewish Nobel Prize Winners 2013

So I haven’t really been keeping this blog up to date. The little I have posted has just been random rants. But I thought for the Nobel Prizes, I’d go back on topic again.

This year’s Nobel prizes were awarded this past week. The laureattes were as follows:

Physiology or Medicine: James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof
Physics: François Englert and Peter Higgs
Chemistry: Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel
Literature: Alice Munro
Peace:  Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Economic Sciences: Eugene F. Fama, Lars Peter Hansen, Robert J. Shiller

The Jewish laureates are in bold. Of the 12 individuals to win awards, 6 were Jewish. This should be a surprising figure if you consider that only 0.2% of the world’s population is Jewish, or that less than 2% of the American population is Jewish. But it’s something we’ve come to expect. This happens year in year out. What’s the explanation for it? I don’t know. If you look around this blog, you’ll see various attempts at explaining the phenomena. None of them really do it for me. The explanation would have to be a multitude of reasons combined together I think, but I don’t really know.

Two of the winners, Levitt and Warshel are Israeli, but they now live in the US. A pity they’re not teaching or doing research at Israeli universities.

Source for which winners are Jewish: jinfo.org.

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And yet another Jewish Nobel Prize Winner…

Today, Alvin Roth, an American Jew (source: JINFO.org), along with Lloyd Shapely were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Economics. They received the prestigious award along with $1.2 million “for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design”.

That makes a total of three Jewish Nobel Prize winners this year: Serge Haroche, Robert Lefkowitz and Alvin Roth. All together, nine people were awarded Nobel prizes this year (not including the EU that won the Nobel Peace prize).

Jews have won 41% of all the Nobel prizes for Economics.

Last year, 5 out of the 11 Nobel laureates were Jewish.

Historically, approximately 20% of Nobel laureates have been Jewish. An astounding statistic, considering that only 0.2% of the world’s population is Jewish.

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