And the Nobel Prize goes to …

Tonight is the night the scientific community waited for all year.

The Nobel Prizes are awarded to people who dedicated their time to science,literature, and peaceful coexistence.

I’d like to point out that a lot of the laureates achieved their tremendous breakthroughs decades ago. Take this years winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine as a perfect example for a Nobel Prize laureate. Robert G. Edwards gained this year’s prize “for the development of in vitro fertilization” [nobel.se] .

Once again it took decades to realize the astonishing leap of medicinal research. But I think that is part of the modern Nobel Price; take a few decades to see whether yesterdays hype has changed the world to the better.

The Roman Catholic Church is still opposing in vitro fertilization,  sci-fi stories tell about the ambiguous moral behind it. But there is also one other aspect: In vitro fertilization totally deserves the Nobel Prize

Congratulations to Robert G. Edwards!

… and another thing: When I was on summer vacation in Madrid I also went to a library becuase I was looking for novel about Madrid during its siege in Spanish Civil War. However, I also found a few volumes by the Latin American writer Mario Vargas Llosa. I thought “Wow… way too expensive right now. Furthermore, Spanish-writing Nobel laureates are hard to read. I would have problems to translate and understand that heavy kind of literature”. I attributed Llosa with the Nobel Prize one month before the Swedish Academy did! 🙂

Further watching/reading:

Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine: Announcement

Nobel Lecture by Mario Vargas Llosa

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