Category Archives: awards and honors

After paying $4.8 million for Jim Watson’s Nobel Prize medal, buyer gives it back to him

As the Independent reports, the person who bought J. D. Watson’s auctioned-off Nobel Prize medal, and paid $4.8 million for it ($4.1 million plus buyer’s commission), was Alisher Usmanov, the owner of the Arsenal football club, described as “the richest man in Russia.” (What is a Russian doing owning Arsenal?) From the paper: Usmanov said […]

Ig Nobel Prizes awarded

I’m in the home stretch for The Albatross, finishing the text in the galley proofs today. What that means for you is that I have no time for anything substantive, and you must be satisfied with persiflage. The good news is that we have some good persiflage. The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on […]

Nobel Peace Prize goes to two, one the youngest winner ever

According to today’s New York Times (for some reason I didn’t get a CNN bulletin), the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to two people. You will know one of them: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager (now 17) who was shot two years ago, nearly died, and then began campaigning for universal access to education […]

2014 Nobel Prize for Literature

And it goes this year to French author Patrick Modiano “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” I’ve never heard of the man (what seems to be his most famous book hasn’t been translated into English), and too bad for me, but Matthew […]

Nobel Prize in Chemistry shared by three

Except for literature, it looks like from now on, given the collaborative and increasingly “big” nature of science, the science Nobels will usually be shared by the maximum of three people. Or at least so they have been so far this year. According to my CNN News bulletin: Two Americans and a German won the Nobel […]

Nobel Prize for Physics goes to three who invented a light-emitting diode

This happened about 45 minutes ago, and here’s my CNN bulletin This year’s Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources,” the awarding committee said. The committee said the trio’s work […]

First Nobel Prize of the year goes to three neuroscientists

Well, another year went by, and with sadness I must put my bottle of champagne back in the fridge (it’s well past its prime by now). According to CNN, the Karolinska Institut announced this morning that the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine went to three people: two Norwegians (a couple who works together) and an American working in England. […]

Google doodle celebrates Nobel Laureate

When I saw today’s Google Doodle, which looks like this:   I knew instantly that it had something to do with Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910-1994), who won the Nobel Prize in 1964. In fact, she would have been 104 today had she lived. And you should know that this Doodle was about her, too, because I’ve posted […]

Family business: Daniel Matute wins Dobzhansky Prize, and Matthew’s cats

I’m very proud to report that my last student, Dr. Daniel Matute, has been awarded the Dobzhansky Prize from the Society of the Study of Evolution. The award and description of Daniel’s work is here.  The prize, which comes with a generous emolument, is perhaps the most prestigious award conferred on a beginning evolutionary biologist. In 2011 Daniel also […]

More about ME 2: My poster

The lovely people at the Discovery Institute granted my wish to possess a poster of my award for being their “Censor of the Year.” They made one, and it arrived by Fedex this morning: The DI people are so oblivious that I suspect they thought I’d be chagrined rather than pleased to receive it; nor […]


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