Physics prize up next on Nobel schedule

October 9, 2012

A secretive award committee in Stockholm is about to announce the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in physics.

Only two women have won the prize since it was first awarded in 1901: Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963. The other 189 winners were men.

The physics panel also has a tendency to reward younger people than the other Nobel Prize committees. The average age for physics laureates is 54, the lowest for any of the six . Nobel literature laureates are on average 10 years older.

The 2012 Nobel Prize announcements got under way Monday with the medicine prize going to stem cell pioneers John Gurdon of Britain and Japan's Shinya Yamanaka. Each award is worth 8 million kronor, or about $1.2 million.

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1 / 5 (1) Oct 10, 2012
The awards go to those that earned it .... so to say it "to reward the younger people" is wrong.. it seems simply the "young" have been doing what ever they did to earn the prize.

If the committee chose people that do not deserve it to "balance" this male : female, and young : old statistic which is not important or a reflection of society, then the award becomes not worth while at all.

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