The Truth About The Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize: No Thank You
The procedure has always been predictable: Worthy scientist gets a call from Stockholm and, surprised and grateful, accepts the honor. But the committee was taken aback by the reaction of Yves Chauvin to the news.
The Frenchman was due to receive the award for chemistry in 2005—for “the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis”—but refused to accept it. He claimed that his colleagues had played a much more important role than him in the research. But Chauvin came around and eventually agreed to accept the prize.
NOT SO NOBLE
One thing is certain: If it weren’t for dynamite, there would be no Nobel Prize. The chemist Alfred Nobel made his fortune through the commercial exploitation of his explosive invention.
Is the lucrative prize the result of an unclear conscience? That’s how the legend goes, at any rate. Another uncorroborated anecdote explains why there is no award for mathematics. A mathematical genius is said to have wooed Nobel’s beloved away from him, whereupon the wronged party promptly canceled the prize.
No! Bel. Four reasons these people never received a Nobel Prize: