Curious Facts About the Nobel Prize

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Rafiki, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    Associated Press Writer

    Some curious facts about the Nobel Prizes, which will be announced starting next week:

    *** A man's world:

    Less than 5 percent of all Nobel laureates are women.

    Only two women won the physics prize: Marie Curie of France in 1903 and American Maria Goeppert-Mayer 60 years later.

    Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners were women out of a total of 95 individuals — 20 were given to organizations.

    The literature prize has been awarded to 11 women out of 104 winners.

    *** Age no factor:

    American economist Leonid Hurwicz became the oldest Nobel laureate last year at age 90.

    Briton Lawrence Bragg was 25 when he shared the physics prize in 1925 with his father.

    *** No thank you:

    Two Nobel winners have turned down the prize.

    French writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre declined the literature prize in 1964, citing his principle of rejecting all official honors.

    Vietnamese politician Le Duc Tho rejected the 1973 peace prize shared with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, saying there was no peace in his country.

    *** Angry Hitler:

    Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was so enraged by the 1936 prize going to German pacifist and dissident Carl von Ossietzky that he barred Germans from accepting future Nobels.

    The ban prevented chemistry laureates Richard Kuhn, Adolf Butenandt and medicine winner Gerhard Domagk from going to Stockholm.

    They all received their diplomas after World War II.

    *** Glaring omission:

    Indian pacifist Mohandas K. Gandhi never received the peace prize, even though he was the 20th-century symbol of nonviolence.

    He was nominated five times, including just before his murder in January 1948.

    Awards committee members have later lamented the omission, and called the 1989 prize to Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in part a recognition of Gandhi.
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    In the store the other day. It read, "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize."

    Love, Mikie
  3. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    with both of you!

    So, any bets as to who is going to get what this time 'round?


    (Anything to take our collective mind off the upcoming electionS and financial meltdown. Shhh!)

  4. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    Altogether, 164 peacemakers and 33 organizations have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2008.

    This is slightly fewer than the 2005 record of 199 candidates.

    2008 Nominees include Bob Geldof, Vladimir Putin and Esperanto

    The secretive committee will, as usual, not release any information about who the candidate peacemakers are, but other sources say that Finnish peace negotiator Martti Ahtisaari has been nominated. He was also a top candidate last year.

    Rock musician and ambassador for the third world, Bob Geldof has also been nominated again.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Putin was chosen, not for his statemans hip, which some regard as questionable, but by The International Center for Research on Biofuels and Patents in Zurich for his alternative fuel initiatives in Russia. The Center praised the Vladimir Putin for his efforts to reduce Russia's reliance on fossil fuels.

    Esperanto – International Language

    Esperanto, the international language, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2008 by two Swiss MPs, Gisele Ory and Francine John-Calame.

    Esperanto is being promoted under the Slovenian Presidency of the European Parliament. In a short period of 121 years Esperanto is now placed within the top 100 languages of all 6,000 languages worldwide. It is the 17th most popular language in Wikipedia, and in use by Google and Skype.
    Bill Richardson, Peace Jam, Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika

    The Nobel committee does not reveal who is on the list. But Nobel nominees often announce themselves or those who nominate them leak the names of their peacemakers in order to drum up support before the final selection.

    Among the nominations are thought to be former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl; Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika; Hu Jia, Chinese activist and dissident; another Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng; Israel's Mordechai Vanunu; Vietnamese monk Thich Quang Do and The African Union.

    Other candidates who have been announced by their nominators include New Mexico Gov Bill Richardson for humanitarian efforts in North Korea and Sudan, and a Colorado couple, who founded the youth-based Peace Jam movement.

    Father John Dear, Peacemaker

    Rev, John Dear is certainly a peacemaker, although he has made many people within the sytem rather angry over the years. He is a Jesuit Priest, Peace Activist, Organizer, Lecturer, Retreat leader, and author/editor of 20 books on peace and nonviolence. He has been jailed 75 times for nonviolent acts of civil disobedience and peace demonstrations. Dear’s 2008 Nobel Peace Prize nomination was endorsed by South Africa’s former Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who won the Peace Prize in 1984 for his role in the ending of apartheid.

    "We are very pleased that we are receiving nominations from all over the world," Nobel Prize committee secretary Geir Lundestad said. "The peace prize has become more and more global."

    Lundestad said the prize committee had already decided on a short-list of contenders.

  5. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    Well maybe not on the whole entire planet... but, pretty close.

    There was a petition in support of him for a Nobel last year.

    Wouldn't that be fantastic.




    [This Message was Edited on 10/03/2008]
  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Peace Prize has changed over the past few decades. It used to be awarded for accomplishment and effort.

    Now, the committee wants to be an active part of world affairs so the prize is awarded to people w/ the hope that they will do something positive.

    Probably the worst example was when the terrorist Yasser Arafat won.

    When Henry Kissinger was given the prize, Tom Lehrer stopped writing satirical songs. "How can you poke fun at what is already absurd?"

  7. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I always loved Lehrer's songs, so that cracked me up (Lehrer's supposed exit line), but sadly, too good to be true according to wikipedia...

    "When asked about his reasons for abandoning his musical career, he cited (in an interview in the 2000 CD box set's accompanying book) a simple lack of interest, a distaste for touring, and boredom with performing the same songs repeatedly. He observed that when he was moved to write and perform songs he did; when he wasn't he didn't; and after a while the latter situation prevailed."

    And then there are the Ig Nobel Prizes, which also have a Peace Prize.

    In 2006, it went to H. Stapleton of Wales. He invented an

    "a device that makes annoying high-pitched noise designed to be audible to teenagers but not to adults; and for later using that same technology to make telephone ringtones that are audible to teenagers but probably not to their teachers."

  8. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    I love the IgNobel Prize! We do lose high end hearing as we age, don't we? It could work.

    Of course, when they have Ipod buds in your ears 24/7, they may be leveling the field too early.

    Remember being young enough to not care what you were doing to your body? Those were the good old days.