Guest lecture on winners and losers in Nobel Prize history

10:55, 22 September, 2016
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Nils-Hansons-introThe Institute of the History of Medicine of Rīga Stradiņš University invites anyone interested to guest lecture titled How (not) to Win the Nobel Prize: Winners and Losers in Nobel Prize History by Assistant Professor Nils Hansson of the Heinrich-Heine-University in Dusseldorf. The Nobel Prize is arguably the most prestigious benchmark of scientific excellence, but how did it earn such an outstanding reputation?

Drawing on original files from the Nobel Prize archive of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine in Stockholm, this lecture first traces the step-by-step decision process of some lucky candidates. In the second part, Assistant Professor will highlight a few prominent researchers referred to as "highly qualified losers" and reconstruct why their nominators did not manage to convince the prize jury in the end. His concluding remarks will present some crucial mechanisms of scientific recognition in science and medicine.

The lecture will be held in English and will take place on 28 September, at 8:15, and repeated on 30 September, at 17:30, at RSU main building, 16 Dzirciema Street, Lecture Room #2.

Dr Nils Hansson is an Assistant Professor at the Department for the History, Theory and Ethics of Medicine at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Dusseldorf (Germany).