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The History, Uses, and Future of the Nobel Prize

Join us for a half-day, international symposium on the impact of the Nobel prize

Location: Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, Harvard Medical School


Panel I: Scientific Credit and the History of the Nobel Prize
Chair: Allan Brandt (Harvard Medical School and Harvard University) / Jacalyn M. Duffin (Queen’s University): Commemorating Excellence: the Nobel Prize and the Historical Sociology of Science / Nils Hansson, Thorsten Halling,  and Heiner Fangerau (Heinrich Heine-University): The First US-American Nobel Prize Nominees in Medicine (and why they failed) / Jeffrey Flier (Harvard Medical School): The Past, Present, and Future of Scientific Credit in Biomedicine


Panel II: The Nobel – and Ig Nobel – Prize in Practice

Chair: David S. Jones (Harvard Medical School and Harvard University) / David Kaiser (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): But Does it Scale? Awarding Nobel Prizes in Physics amid Exponential Growth / Marc Abrahams (Annals of Improbable Research/Ig Nobel Prizes): Ig Nobel: Research that Makes You Laugh, then Makes You Think

Panel III: The Uses and Future of the Nobel Prize

Chair: Scott H. Podolsky (Harvard Medical School) / Eric Chivian, Ira Helfand, Bernard Lown, James Muller, and John Pastore (leadership of IPPNW, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1985): Decreasing the Nuclear Threat to Humanity - Nobel Peace Prizes to IPPNW in 1985 and ICAN in 2017 / Torsten Wiesel (recipient, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1981): Nobel – Excellence Forever / Jack Szostak (recipient, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2009): Opportunities and Responsibilities that Come with Winning the Nobel Prize

Co-sponsored by:

  • Ackerman Program on Medicine and Culture, Harvard University
  • Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
  • Consul General of Sweden in New York
  • Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
  • Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Germany


Thursday, October 4, 2018
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Harvard Longwood Campus
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