Here is a photo of the famed annual December dinner in the "Blue Hall" followed by some shots of the empty room. The Golden Room shimmers warm and brilliant. This got me thinking...who are our most recent Nobel winners? Who are those movers and shakers of the academic world? Here is the list I found by Nobel Prize category for 2008. A good reminder of how globally linked we are in all areas of life - the arts, sciences, and efforts for worldwide peace:
*** Peace - Martti Ahtisaari (Finland) - for mediating and resolving international conflicts
*** Physics - Yoichiro Nambu (USA, 1/2); Makoto Kobayashi (Japan, 1/4); Toshihide Maskawa (Japan, 1/4) - for discovery of mechanism of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics
*** Chemistry - Osamu Shimomura (USA, 1/3); Martin Chalfie (USA, 1/3); Roger Y. Tsien (USA, 1/3) - for discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP
*** Medicine - Harald zur Hausen (Germany, 1/2); Francoise Barre-Sinoussi (France, 1/4); Luc Montagnier (France, 1/4) - for discovery of human popilloma viruses causing cervical cancer and discovery of human immunodeficiency virus*** Literature - Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio (France) - author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization
*** Economics - Paul Krugman (USA) - for his analysis of trade patterns and location of economic activity
PS - Al Gore won the PEACE prize in 2007 for his work on man made climate change. Interesting that it would be the peace prize. Although I guess as the world's climate is more "hot-ly" debated it could and likely will come to that.
Click here to learn more about the Nobel Prize - its origins, previous winners, and lots of other cool stuff. Stuff, what a descriptive noun --- yeah, look out Mr. Nobel and the literature prize - here I come.