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Greatest scientists who never won a nobel prize

  1. Jan 10, 2010 #1
    At first I thought physicists, but then that would exclude too many for no good reason, but still excludes the scientists who haven't been around since nobel prizes have been given out.
     
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  3. Jan 10, 2010 #2

    russ_watters

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    Could we also do greatest discoveries for which no Nobel was awarded...?
     
  4. Jan 10, 2010 #3
    sure, why not
     
  5. Jan 10, 2010 #4
    Not really a scientist, but Gandhi comes to mind as one of the greatest peacekeepers who never won a Nobel Peace Prize.
     
  6. Jan 10, 2010 #5

    Astronuc

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    Freeman Dyson has not won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in quantum field theory.

    Three contemporaries - Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Julian Schwinger, Richard P. Feynman - won the Noble Prize in Physics in 1965 for their work in QFT.
     
  7. Jan 10, 2010 #6

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    Errr, did you mean to say, Quantum Electrodynamics ? (QED) link

    I know James Maxwell died in 1879, so that makes him a 19th century physicist, I don't know the rules of how Nobel Prizes are awarded, but if they were to include 19th century physicists, I would imagine he would have been awarded one.
     
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  8. Jan 10, 2010 #7

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    Well I was thinking more generically, but yes specifically Tomonaga, Schwinger and Feynman were recongized for contributions to QED.
     
  9. Jan 10, 2010 #8

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    Well, two examples are Lisa Meitner (who first didn't share the prize because she didn't publish her findings, and later was disqualified because she became a member of the Nobel committee herself) and Henrietta Swan Leavitt (who was considered but died before she could be nominated).

    However, remember that you don't get the prize for being a great scientist. The prize is awarded to people who make an important discovery, it is not the same thing.
     
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    The seminal work done by me, myself, and I.
     
  12. Jan 10, 2010 #11
    I like how you put things.
     
  13. Jan 10, 2010 #12
    Al Gore, for inventing the internet.
     
  14. Jan 10, 2010 #13

    lisab

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    No, he wouldn't qualify because the internet isn't made of strings...it's a series of tubes.

    Besides, he already won a Nobel prize :rolleyes:.
     
  15. Jan 10, 2010 #14

    cronxeh

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    On that note.. John McCain, for being aware of the Internet
     
  16. Jan 10, 2010 #15
    Discovery that wasn't awarded by a Nobel Prize........

    Special and General Relativity

    Ciche for a physics forum, but no one had said it...
     
  17. Jan 10, 2010 #16

    Matterwave

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    Einstein's award did say something along the lines of "for contributions in Theoretical physics, and for the law of the Photoelectric effect".

    So maybe SR and GR were bundled in there with theoretical physics. Otherwise, Brownian motion was discovered by him too.

    Before Nobel, there are many, so I guess this is only for after Nobel?

    After Nobel...uh I can only think of the one time Born was snubbed for the 1932 prize. Even though Born had worked jointly with Heisenberg (and Jordan) regarding the matrix formulation of QM, only Heisenberg was given the prize (possibly due to Jordan's connection with the Nazi's). No need to panic, though, since Born got one later for his statistical interpretation of QM.
     
  18. Jan 10, 2010 #17

    Matterwave

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    Oh, I know. David Bohm and Yakir Aharonov never got one for the Aharonov-Bohm effect which is quite important in establishing the vector potential A as a "real" object. Bohm specifically deserved a Nobel prize imo for his contributions to Physics, including developing the De-Broglie-Bohm pilot wave formulation of QM.
     
  19. Jan 11, 2010 #18

    ideasrule

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    Rosalin Franklin. The structure of DNA couldn't have been discovered without her work on x-ray crystallography, but she died before the year her co-worker was awarded the Nobel prize.
     
  20. Jan 11, 2010 #19

    f95toli

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    You can't -according to the rules- be awarded the prize for a theory that hasn't been experimentally verified, this means that you can't get it for working on interpretations of QM, string theory(at least at the moment) etc.
    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.
     
  21. Jan 11, 2010 #20
    Nikola Tesla , Philo Farnsworth inventer of the TV and the fusor .
     
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