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Greatest scientists who never won a nobel prize 
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#19
Jan1110, 02:57 AM

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There are several sciencits who can more or less be sure to win the prize if their theories are verified. Higgs will almost certainly get it if the LHC finds his boson. 


#20
Jan1110, 07:26 AM

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Nikola Tesla , Philo Farnsworth inventer of the TV and the fusor .



#21
Jan1110, 09:46 AM

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My vote was/is with Maxwell for EM. Belongs up there with Newton (gravity) and Einstein (gravity again).
I can't even dredge up without google the names of those who first characterized the weak and strong forces. Add them. Fundamental forces would seem like they should qualify... 


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Jan1110, 11:33 AM

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#23
Jan1110, 12:25 PM

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How about Norman Bowen?



#24
Jan1110, 11:27 PM

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psh, can we consider really old scientists?
Gauss, Newton, Euclid :) 


#25
Jan1310, 11:29 AM

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#26
Jan1310, 11:52 AM

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Fred Hoyle , George Gamow, Daniel Bernoulli , Michael Faraday , Joseph Louis Lagrange



#27
Jan1310, 12:22 PM

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Note that one of the rules for Nobel Prizes is that they're awarded only to living people. So anyone who died before 1901 should be excluded from this discussion.
There are surely cases of people who would probably have won a Nobel Prize if only they had lived long enough. 


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Jan1310, 12:29 PM

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#31
Jan1310, 01:32 PM

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Did you know that there weren't any Nobel Prizes EVER awarded for advances in theoretical General Relativity? Even Einstein himself got the prize ostensibly for the discovery of the photoelectric effect. Since then, the field was decidedly starved for prizes. In a related field of cosmology, there was one half the prize awarded for stellar evolution, one half for stellar nucleosynthesis, and a couple for CMB, but that only covers a tiny portion of the field.
I'd expect to have seen prizes awarded to:  Hawking and Penrose  Friedmann/Lemaitre/Robertson/Walker/Hubble or some subset thereof  Gamow, the father of the Big Bang (and, incidentally, a student of Friedmann)  Arnowitt, Deser & Misner 


#32
Jan1310, 02:01 PM

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OBAMA!!!)*@#&$*(@#@$ WORLD PEACE ALREADY!!!! YAH YAH YAH
"Just like Obama, the LHC has gotten the nobel prize in physics for intending to find the higgsboson" 


#33
Jan1310, 02:19 PM

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I'm assuming you're stating Hawking do to his contributions in theoretical physics with Hawking radiation? Like many have already stated it has to be experimentally discovered or experimentally verified. I don't think Penrose directly contributed to the Big Bang. However, after reading very limited books on the subject matter, I believe he put forth the mathematical machinery (differential topology) in defining the big bang. 


#34
Jan1310, 03:24 PM

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penrose...arity_theorems Hawking radiation concept, while neat, is purely conjectural and can't be taken seriously unless you make strong assumptions about quantum gravity. I certainly wouldn't want to give any Nobel prizes for that (not unless it's somehow proven experimentally to exist in just the form Hawking predicted, which I consider unlikely). On the other hand, HawkingPenrose theorems are rigorous and universally valid. 


#35
Jan1310, 09:19 PM

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I'll go with Newton, Faraday, Maxwell, and Tesla
I still think Einstein got his for the right thingI think relativity isn't a sure thing 


#36
Jan1410, 12:40 PM

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The only reason Einstein didn't get a Nobel for relativity is because it was way over the head of the committee and they gave him one for the photoelectric effect because he had a nice experiment to show how it worked and a nice data table . And someone told the committee you better give him a prize for the photoelectric effect or your look like fools .



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