Talk:List of Nobel laureates by university affiliation

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-> Why place planted data. We can get the accurate data from the original Nobel site. University of California system has the highest Nobel Prizes awarded-

I have attempted to organize this talk page by putting similar topics together. I did not delete any comments, although a few headings are now subheadings under common topics. I tried to keep the comments chronological within each heading.Elriana (talk) 19:35, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

What institutions are included in this list?[edit]

Request move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: No consensus to move - "Academic affiliation" is unnecessarily vague. Neelix (talk) 22:11, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

List of Nobel laureates by university affiliationList of Nobel laureates by academic affiliationRelisted. Vegaswikian (talk) 19:28, 16 July 2011 (UTC) -- since in my view it is crazy for a centre of academic research as important and relevant as the MRC Laboratory of molecular biology in Cambridge, with 20 Nobel prizes to its name, to be removed from this list on the grounds that "the article title is 'List of Nobel laureates by university affiliation' - the MRC is not a university. Period." [1] Jheald (talk) 20:26, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose - far too vague and will result in the article becoming completely unfocused. Where would the line be drawn? It would be a constant source of contention as to what an 'academic' institution is.
Many very important research institutes, companies and other organisations are excluded from this article, such as the Max Planck Society, Pasteur Institute and NASA. There is a very good reason for that - they aren't universities. To exclude the MRC from this article is not to fail to recognise its importance, merely to understand that it has no relevance to it. Rangoon11 (talk) 20:37, 8 July 2011 (UTC)
The Pasteur Institute I think should indeed be here; the Max Planck Society probably not, as it's geographically federated so diversely. Ditto NASA, but LANL might be a more interesting example. Jheald (talk) 21:26, 8 July 2011 (UTC)
Because that will become a completely unfocused and almost unlimited list of absolutely no use or value. Having gone to a primary school, been in the Boy Scouts or worked at McDonalds could all fit that description. A list by university affiliation is sufficiently focused to be a useful and reasonable article. Rangoon11 (talk) 21:47, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
I don't think it will be too difficult to draw a line between something like NASA and McDonald's... –CWenger (^@) 23:27, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
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Marine Biological Laboratory[edit]

the MBL in Woods Hole, MA has had 56+ Nobel laureates associated with it. It is a research institute with faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students (internally from Brown, visiting graduate students from all over the world). As an institution, its contributions to science are immeasurable and should be on this list —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:00, 27 May 2010 (UTC)

I've the same problem with this list. MBL would appear to be a case in point. The Max Planck Society is in a similar situation; somebody in an earlier contribution compared it to the United States National Academy of Sciences, but that's an erroneous comparison - the Max Planck Society is a conglomerate of research institute with faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and even some masters students (with the degree granted by collaborating universities; full disclosure: I work at one of the Max Planck Institutes as an outreach scientist, and thus am not a disinterested party). The Institute for Advanced Study is another case in point, and the Soviet Academy of Sciences with its own institutes another. All these institutions, even if they do not grant degrees themselves, are an integral part of academia. Nobody changing from a university to any of these institutions would be said to "leave academia". They might not grant degrees themselves, but they provide a key part of academic training for their students. The Nobel prize foundation itself, by the way, has no problem listing them on its List of Nobel Laureates and their Universities, presumably precisely because of the reasons I stated. All in all, I have trouble finding any reasons (beyond strangely narrow definitions that do not reflect the realities of academic life, that is) to leave out these institutions. Particularly as this articles summary defines it not as "List of Nobel laureates by university affiliation", but more generally as "List of Nobel laureates and their affiliation to academic institutions". Markus Poessel (talk) 16:11, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

Non-university Academic Institutions?[edit]

Why is this only a list of universities? There are non-university institutions that have nobel prize winners in abundance. For example: the various Max Planck Institutes, the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, the Institute for Advanced Studies, etc. CERN!

Reply: 1) Because the goal isn't just to find the largest concentration of Nobel laureates. CERN, NASA, etc are all great organizations whose primary purpose is research, not education. Institutions like these tend to concentrate laureates, but being affiliated with such an institution is not the same as teaching or being taught there. The purpose of a list is to compare and contrast similar things. Non-teaching institutions have completely different structures (and budgets and hiring practices) than teaching institutions. To compare the two would be like putting apple varieties and orange varieties in the same list because they are all sub-types of round fruit. 2) Most of the laureates I can name (though I admit I'm biased toward the sciences) who worked at non-teaching institutions are/were also affiliated with at least one teaching institution, often concurrently. So listing only "universities" should not exclude very many laureates. 3)I refer you all once again to the definitional problems mentioned in previous discussions. What counts as an academic institution? What about labs affiliated with universities? Would they be listed separately? What if the lab is affiliated with multiple universities, but individual scientists aren't? What about hospitals? What about groups of hospitals? What about all the different types of professional organizations (e.g. National Academy of Science, American Association of Whatever)? How would we ever decide what should and should not be included? This list is complicated enough without adding even more ambiguity! Kylaramm (talk) 08:24, 28 February 2013 (UTC)

Who is included in the list?[edit]

NOT IPCC members and the 2007 Peace Prize[edit]

I just looked at this, which is cited as a raw URL and has been tagged as a dead link for a few months. It's still not working.

However, this other cited source does work, and contains the information that the named awardee supported by this source shared half of the 2007 Peace Prize along with "hundreds of other scientists who contributed to the group’s work over the past 20 years". This press release makes it clear that half of the prize was "shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr." -- not distinguishing between members of the IPCC.

If any or all of the hundreds of IPCC members sharing the 2007 Peace Prize are to be listed in this article, I suggest that their entries be asterisk'd and footnoted to explain this. Wtmitchell (talk) (earlier Boracay Bill) 02:41, 20 July 2012 (UTC)

According to the Nobel Foundation itself [2] the members didn't win the Nobel, just the organization. This is not unprecedented (the Red Cross has also won for instance). Membership in the IPCC should not be equated with winning a Nobel Prize PantsB (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 04:56, 1 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Perhaps we should make clear on the page itself that members of organizations that win the prize are not to be included. I have removed two IPCC members, not out of disrespect, but out of a need to properly categorize contributions. If one IPCC member were included, they all should be, and many of them do not have Wikipedia pages, nor would they necessarily want one. By extension, we would then need to include members of the Red Cross whenever that organization shared in a prize, which would be impractical. Also, I don't think any of us would argue that any individual IPCC contributor should get the same degree of consideration as an individual Nobel prize winner. If we wish to acknowledge those individuals involved with the IPCC, perhaps we should make a list just for them? I do not believe such a wiki list currently exists.Elriana (talk) 17:39, 13 August 2013 (UTC)
  • On a related note, I have removed James Orbinski from the list. James Orbinski was the president of the International Council of Médecins Sans Frontières (aka Doctors Without Borders) at the time the organization received the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize, but was not explicitly named as a recipient. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elriana (talkcontribs) 18:41, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

How are affiliations defined?[edit]

Friedman and Feynman[edit]

Friedman was briefly a professor at both the university wisconsin-madison and the university of minnesota twin cities. Feynman was also briefly a professor at the university of wisconsin. Should these be included? It seems like they should under the technical rules, but the briefness of the positions seems like it has little meaning in a noble prize count. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Dark567 (talkcontribs) 14:26, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

Feynman also did some brief work at University of Chicago according to his auotbiograpy (talk) 06:41, 11 November 2013 (UTC)

Discussion based on Harvard entry[edit]

It seems there is some contention about the number of people in the Harvard entry. I went through the Graduate list and the Attendee list. I found a few that don't seem to have any connection to Harvard. John Bordeen is not a graduate, but did work there. His entry should be moved to either Attendee or Teacher. Elizabeth Blackburn only has an honorary degree. I would say those only with honorary degrees should be removed since anyone can give an honorary degree. If she has more of a connection to the university, then her entry can remain. Eugene O'Neill went to one class at Harvard, but never completed it. Not sure how to handle this situation. Others, like Jean Dausset, I was able to find sources that they did research at Harvard even if their wikipedia article didn't have any indication that they did. For teachers, I was only able to check through TS Eliot. I couldn't find any connection to Harvard for Aaron Ciechanover, Francis Crick, or Willem Einthoven. If someone wants to go through the rest of them, feel free. Thanks! Patken4 (talk) 21:32, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

I went through the rest of the teachers. The following laureates I could not find a anything more than an honorary degree to Harvard, and some I couldn't find any connection: Richard R. Ernst, Nadine Gordimer, Luis Federico Leloir, Charles Scott Sherrington, Frederick Gowland Hopkins, Czeslaw Milosz, Enrico Fermi, Steven Chu, Aage Bohr, Isidor Isaac Rabi, Tsung-Dao Lee, Chen Ning Yang, William Alfred Fowler, Hans Bethe, John Cockcroft, Werner Heisenberg, and Oscar Arias. If someone wants to double check the list and remove those with only an honorary degree or no connection, please do. Patken4 (talk) 13:22, 13 July 2013 (UTC)
Many entries on this list lack citation, which I've tried to use any time adding anyone that doesn't prominently mention the connection on the linked wikipedia page. Going back for all is a pretty big project, especially if we're talking the entire page. However, all of the ones you're listing have citations which are preferable to "its listed on their wikipedia". Follow them. PantsB (talk) 05:44, 14 July 2013 (UTC)
For the first few listed - Ciechanover - visiting professor from his CV [3], Crick - 2 time visiting professor [4], Einthoven has a citation where its pointed out he was a Dunham lecturer at Harvard. PantsB (talk) 05:48, 14 July 2013 (UTC)
  • I would not count honorary degrees at all. And anyone who did not receive an actual degree should not be listed as a "Graduate".
  • I do not know the consensus regarding minimum length of attendance/affiliation. Perhaps that should be discussed further. Francis Crick was twice a visiting professor at Harvard [5], but I do not know if that should count as "faculty". Visiting professors have different lengths of tenure and different degrees of affiliation from place to place and time to time. Personally, I would not count visiting professors as faculty because they do not have the same influence over the programs at the university as full faculty do. On the other hand, this is a list of "affiliations", which a visiting professor could be said to have... Elriana (talk) 19:41, 11 July 2013 (UTC)
About visiting professors, I'm on the fence. You raise a good point about influence over the program and what they could have done in a year. On the other hand, a lot of the official biographies about these laureates do mention their time as a visiting professor. So it would seem their time as a visiting professor at any university seemed to have at least some impact in their career. That is a larger discussion and would impact all the schools listed. Thanks! Patken4 (talk) 13:22, 13 July 2013 (UTC)
Part of the "point" of this wiki is that different schools use differing degrees of strictness regarding how they count. So as to not give an unfair advantage, the broadest definition should be used. I agree honorary degrees shouldn't count since that's not an actual affiliation (just honoring them with an award), but non graduating attendees did attend, and visiting professors were on academic staff. PantsB (talk) 05:44, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

Ok, thanks PantsB, for your explanation. That is good enough for me. This criteria would apply to each university, so it is fair. Checking a few other schools, I see that they also have entries with less than one year of being a professor or student as well, so it seems this rule has been applied fairly. If there are some entries missing from some schools, I encourage people to continue to make the necessary changes. Thanks!

I deleted the laureates with short-term Loeb lectures, which are only two weeks long. While I agree that appointments of a year or slightly less in duration can be influential enough to merit this list, a two-week series of four lectures just isn't. We shouldn't imply that Fermi, Heisenberg, etc, were closely affiliated with Harvard because of such a series.Imareaver (talk) 01:41, 21 July 2013 (UTC)
"Closely affiliated" isn't the standard. Loeb lecturers are visiting professors, members of academic staff. PantsB (talk) 14:35, 22 July 2013 (UTC)
I have reverted. Even short term Loeb lecturers are titled Visiting Professor/Lecturer on Nobel CVs.[6][7][8][9], in current Nobel CVs as visiting professorships [10] [11][12] and listed as a visiting professor/lecturer on the Harvard webpage. PantsB (talk) 15:33, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

Should consultants be added?[edit]

Sorry, just a simple question. I'd like to know if consultants (not residing staff) are regarded as affiliates (since this article is said to adopt a broad methodology of counting)? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Biomedicinal (talkcontribs) 07:04, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Since a consultant is not Academic Staff or a Graduate, the only category they could fit into is Attendee or Researcher. If an individual consulted on a research project (as opposed to university administration/budgeting), they could be considered a researcher. I would add a note to any such entries specifying that the individual was a consultant and definitely include a reference. That way later editors aren't confused when they cannot find that person's affiliation in any bio or university list. In general, I would only include such a consultant if their interaction with the University or one of its labs was fairly involved. Being paid to walk through a lab and make suggestions on a one-time basis would not count. But training scientists in a particular method over the course of months/years might count, since some direct involvement with research can be inferred. Do you have a particular example you'd like to discuss?Elriana (talk) 19:45, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

Okay, thanks! Previously, a user in the Chinese article argued that CUHK should be the sole tertiary institution having Nobel Prize affiliates in the city as others have laureates as consultants only (the user used HKUST as a comparison where several winners were invited to be the consultants in its Institute for Advanced Study and, as I know, no project is conducted by themselves there). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Biomedicinal (talkcontribs) 06:47, 26 July 2013 (UTC)


The parenthetical notes under NYU are meant to indicate the actual institution at the time of affiliation. NYU-Poly has a history of association, disassociation and mergers with other schools. The laureates are currently listed under NYU because NYU-Poly is now a part of NYU. I'll spend some time checking that the parentheticals are correct, but removing them seems wrong. Perl, for instance, did not consider himself a graduate of NYU, but rather of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, which later merged with NYU-Poly. If you have opinions on this, please comment here before simply deleting the information. Elriana (talk) 17:26, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Comment on categories[edit]

The listing scheme employed by this page is more generous than most universities use in their official counts, and Harvard is dominant in part because of the many visiting lecturers they attract. The other leaders (Columbia and Cambridge) also benefit from this inclusion. The categorization scheme helps somewhat with distinguishing schools that foster Nobel Laureates from those that hire them after the fact (note that MIT has a lot of laureates before/at the time of the award and none after). I am not averse to adding a designation for faculty affiliated with an institution for less than a year, but rechecking the entire list would take a lot of work. Elriana (talk) 18:51, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

List Mechanics (Sorting/Counting)[edit]

The highlight colours are wrong[edit]

Surely physics should be blue, and economics should be green? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:47, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Why? IF you justify your assertion, others might consider going to the massive amount of effort required to change the colors. Note that much of the list remains unhighlighted because no one has taken the ridiculous amount of time needed to categorize every recipient. Starting over to satisfy an arbitrary color preference seems like a waste. Elriana (talk) 21:18, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

Citations aren't really needed for "unofficial" no. ?[edit]

Moreover, I'm thinking if citations are really needed for those "unofficial numbers" because we are using our benchmark to count the affiliates for this ranking, and since the people are listed we can check up the main pages of them. Further, many so call references for the unofficial no. of some universities are in fact wikipedia pages themselves. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:23, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

The unofficial counts are simply the sum of the listed laureates (making sure not to count repeats). So no references should be necessary.Elriana (talk) 19:35, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

Updating Counts[edit]

I'm going through the Universities with more entries and recounting the number of unique names listed (unofficial count), but any can feel free to double check my work since I could make a mistake. Except Heidelberg most have been minor, and I haven't changed the order to reflect the updated totals yet. PantsB (talk) 22:18, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the bookkeeping work PantsB! Now seems a good time to discuss names that appear more than once under one university. Is it useful to flag these in some way? If so, is a note, such as Note 7 a useful way to do this (see current Univ. of Cambridge entry)? Or is such a flag just adding useless complexity?Elriana (talk) 18:02, 18 July 2013 (UTC)
    • If it could be done consistently, it would be potentially useful information if only by simplifying the count. Currently I'm running a script over the list of names that numbers and removed duplicates and then manually removing non exact repeats (John Smith and John Q. Smith for example). I don't feel that strongly about it though.PantsB (talk) 06:27, 19 July 2013 (UTC)


Okay, I wrote and ran a program (not a bot) that sorts every list on the page by prize category. (As long as the entries are color-coded properly. We need to get on that!) I'm letting everyone know this because, well, there might be some bugs I didn't catch that could mess up entries. Please tell me if you see anything! Imareaver (talk) 06:49, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

Is sorting by prize category really the way we want to sort? I find alphabetical more appealing, especially since not everyone is color coded yet (and I have spent hours adding color-codes. That job will not be done any time soon). Alphabetical is also nice for skimming lists for repeats. In an ideal world, I would put them all in the order of prize date, but I don't think anyone wants to go to that much effort. Elriana (talk) 17:51, 23 July 2013 (UTC)
Also, if you do want to sort by prize category for some reason, contemplate the placement of Linus Pauling and Marie Curie. They each won prizes in two separate fields, but should only be counted (and receive a number in the list) once per list.Elriana (talk) 17:57, 23 July 2013 (UTC)
Also, your program messed up the separation of the Cowles Foundation people in the Yale entry. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elriana (talkcontribs) 18:03, 23 July 2013 (UTC)
Right now, I just have two entries for both Linus Pauling and Marie Curie right next to each other wherever they appear, and that seems to work. Sorting based on category makes sense to me because it allows readers to easily see how each university's Nobel laureates break down by category. That reveals interesting information, like how strong MIT is in economics even though they're stereotypically a tech school, and stuff like that. But you make a good point about alphabetical sorting for checking repeats, so the page is now sorted alphabetically after the category-sorting. Hopefully nothing broke in the process. Imareaver (talk) 02:55, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
Still need to fix the Cowles Foundation people in the Yale entry. Is there a way to make your code leave them alone once they're fixed? Elriana (talk) 19:26, 30 July 2013 (UTC)
Oh, forgot about that, thanks! Yeah, it was a really easy modification, and I just did it.Imareaver (talk) 22:50, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

The sensible way to sort the lists would be by date. But if they must be sorted alphabetically, then please alphabetically by surname, rather than by first name. Jheald (talk) 21:26, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Sorting by date would be extremely time consuming, since there are no dates directly associated with this list. The only reasonable way I can think to do it would be to write a script that goes to one of the other list pages (List of Nobel laureates in FIELD) to retrieve the dates automatically. I do not currently possess the skills to write this script. In the meantime, sorting by last name would be nice. Even then, there will be errors with compound or double last names, since they are indistinguishable from middle names.Elriana (talk) 17:50, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

References section sorting?[edit]

The references section claims "The following is a list of university homepages", but this is no longer true. Several of the references are to articles and/or news stories on individual laureates. There should be a place for such references, since they can shine more light on the specific affiliations of individual laureates than many of the university websites. But either they need their own reference/notes section, or the text in the References section should be changed. Anyone have opinions on this?Elriana (talk) 20:46, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Accessibility for color blind[edit]

I understand that colorblind people may have had issues with the previous highlighting scheme, but the new abbreviation tagging scheme seems pretty useless. If you want to know the particular field of a single laureate, you can always click on the laureate. The point of the colors was to provide a visual clue about the prevalence of certain categories at each school. Could we not both highlight AND tag? or maybe highlight the tags themselves? So colorblind people can read them, but the rest of us still get the visual information?? Also, the weird '?' I get when mousing over the new tags makes them seem like broken links instead of useful information. There has got to be a more elegant way to do this.Elriana (talk) 16:58, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

sure, we could do both, but the <abbr>...</abbr> is the accessible method for presenting abbreviations. Frietjes (talk) 17:01, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

Specific Counting issues[edit]

Harvard Count[edit]

The Harvard numbers are wrong; it double counts whereas other schools do not (see T.S. Elliot for example). Either Columbia, Chicago, or Cambridge should be at the top in recent years, but there is no way it can be Harvard (Harvard being Harvard would have made a big deal if this was the case; I say this as a Harvard alumni). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:53, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

As for all universities, all four categories are counted and the repeats removed. Doing this I count (69+16+68+19)-20=172-20=152. Feel free to check my math, but my method of counting is the same as that used for all other universities. Please comment here about any issues you have with the total before editing the page (again). Elriana (talk) 18:51, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

I noticed there is a statement in the article's lead that says, "As per official records, University of Cambridge has the highest number of Nobel Laureates (graduates as well as total official affiliations)." However, in the tables Harvard is listed as having produced 69 graduates, whereas the University of Cambridge has produced 65. For accuracy, the sentence should be amended to reflect this. How about: "As per official records, University of Cambridge has the highest number of affiliated Nobel Laureates, and Harvard University has the greatest number of graduates who are Nobel Laureates." Thoughts? Stpolicy (talk) 13:53, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

The original sentence is technically correct. Cambridge has the highest *official* count. Harvard's official count does not include graduates at all. Therefore, the statement about Harvard should not be in the sentence that begins, "As per official records . . ." However, one could consider a record of graduation an official record, even if the school doesn't tally the laureates who are graduates. To be even more clear, we should probably change "As per official records" to something like, "According to official counts performed by the schools themselves". I'm putting this wording in now, but am open to suggestions regarding better phrasing. Many readers seem to overlook the implications of the fact that the *official* counts use wildly inconsistent methodologies, and will never "agree" with a list that attempts to use a standard method of counting. Elriana (talk) 19:24, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification, Elriana! I'd like to point out, though, that Harvard's official count (which can be found at does include graduates: the most recent Laureate they list is Martin Karplus (Chemistry 2013), who earned an AB from Harvard; and the very first Laureate they list is TW Richards (Chemistry 1914), who earned an AB, an MA, and a PhD from Harvard. It seems Harvard's official counting strategy closely aligns with the Nobel Foundation's strategy, only including persons (whether alumni or not) who were awarded the Prize while at Harvard. Stpolicy (talk) 22:17, 30 May 2015 (UTC)
Ah, so they just don't include most graduates because it is highly unusual to receive a Nobel Prize with no other affiliation than having received (or still working on) a degree somewhere, even Harvard. Luckily, the wording in the article itself was general enough to avoid this detail. Thanks, though, for checking our accuracy/logic! Elriana (talk) 14:42, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

Columbia and Cambridge[edit]

A ridiculous edit war has been taking place over the number of Nobel laureates "affiliated" with Columbia University, and over whether the "official" lists of Noble laureates claimed by Columbia and Cambridge Universities include people who had been affiliated with them for less than a year.

As far as I can tell, the web site which is cited as alleged support for the claim of 97 Nobel laureates for Columbia is nothing of the sort. By my count (carried out manually), the list on that page contains 72 names (9 for chemistry, 12 for economics, 3 for peace, 21 for physiology or medicine, 2 for literature and 25 for physics). The editors who keep reverting this figure back to 97 need to provide some convincing justification for it or stop edit warring to keep it in. If the extra 25 are awards earned since 2004 (which is the last year of any included in the cited list), then a source needs to be provided for that.

Likewise, the Los Angeles Times article cited as allegedly supporting the assertion that "University of Cambridge's official count does include affiliates for less than one year" also does nothing of the sort as far as I can see. What it says is "Cambridge University in England, which also uses the most liberal of counting methods, credits itself with more Nobels than the University of Chicago--74" (this was in 2000) without giving any speciic details whatever of how the Cambridge University authorities arrived at their figure. The article does say elsewhere that the University of Chicago's "official" list of prize winners includes Kenneth Arrow, who "taught for one year" at that university. If the assertion in question is an inference from these two items of information, it's an extremely dubious one in my opinion, but in any case it would be a synthetic conclusion not explicitly included in the source. As such, it would constitute original research and by Wikipedia's policy on such material should not be included in the article. Unless a good source can be found which explicitly supports this statement, it should be removed from the article.
David Wilson (talk · cont) 12:18, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

I would support such a removal. The edit war has been as a result of a certain editor's unwillingness/inability to use edit summaries, engage in a coherent and civil discussion, and making bulk series of edits which also added inappropriate text to the lead and made other unexplained edits elsewhere in the article. Rangoon11 (talk) 13:28, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

The table shows that there are total 97 laureates affiliated with Columbia. --Poliman97 (talk) 20:35, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

There are a couple of problems with this. First, there are only 96 distinct laureates listed in the table for Columbia, so where does the number 97 come from? Second, the total numbers given for the other institutions appear to come from some sort of "official" lists, whereas you say that the figure for Columbia has been obtained by counting the names in a list apparently compiled by different Wikipedia editors using who knows what criteria for inclusion as an "affiliate". Whatever number you come up with, it would appear to me to have been obtained by a process that would clearly constitute original research. Note that the original research resides not in the process of counting the number of names in the list—which is a trivial process—but in representing it as the total number of Nobel laureates "affiliated" with Columbia University (whatever that means) as if it were in some way comparable to the numbers given for the other institutions. Unless the figure listed for Columbia can be supported with a citation to a reliable source it should be omitted, in my opinion.
David Wilson (talk · cont) 14:34, 10 July 2011 (UTC)
In principle there is nothing wrong with names being added to the list without citations, but once those uncited names have been properly challenged citations become imperative or the content should be removed.Rangoon11 (talk) 15:32, 10 July 2011 (UTC)
The problem is not specifically with names being uncited, but with the article's stating that the total number of names in any of the lists is "the" total of the number of Nobel laureates supposedly "affiliated" with the corresponding institution when the criteria for including names in the list—whether reliably sourced or not—have been decided by the individual Wikipedia editors who added them.
David Wilson (talk · cont) 16:15, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

I see the number of Nobel laureate supposedly "affiliated" with Columbia has recently been changed back to 97 with no reason given for the change. Since the table contains only 96 distinct names I am at a loss as to understand why people keep reinserting 97. The numbers of names in each column are clearly 38, 14, 60 and 9, and these sum to 121. But there are 17 names that are listed twice (Penzias, Blumberg, Benacerraf, Varmus, Muller, Rabi, Langmuir, Rainwater, Bloch, Lederman, Murray, Ramsey, Axel, Hoffman, Solow, Fitch and Vickrey) and four that are listed 3 times (Richards, Lederberg, Schwartz and Friedman), making a total of 25 duplicates that need to be subtracted to get the total number of distinct names in the table. Subtracting 25 from 121 gives 96, not 97. Please either provide some justification for the number 97, or stop reinserting it.
David Wilson (talk · cont) 00:52, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

Multiple Laureates per year[edit]

there is a noticeable tendency to award the same medal to multiple researchers. This seems to accelerate in the past 2 decades. It makes sense: smart people at the U figured out that teamwork pays off. But does this not skew the sums in a way which is not purposeful ? Universities which happened to be successful in the 1990-2012 period and received "awarded jointly" medals suddenly carry a much bigger weight as the table counts heads and not "part-of-medal". Any bright ideas how to weed out this time-bias ?

Whats different about the OTHER universities ?[edit]

why are they treated differently than the others - i dont get it — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:03, 7 October 2011 (UTC)

I'd like to know the benchmark of getting into the "other universities" section which starts with University of Minnesota? I mean, University of California, San Diego has 20 affiliates based on the standard of this ranking which is lower than 21 of Minnesota but it can have its own section instead? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:06, 20 June 2013 (UTC)

I don't think the threshold is something anyone has made official. I'd say, if one of the "other universities" has more than 20 laureates (please double check for any repeat names), go ahead and move it to its own section. Many of the listings for the "other universities" are incomplete, and some may well prove to have concentrations of laureates notable enough for their own section as information is added. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elriana (talkcontribs) 19:13, 11 July 2013 (UTC)
Maybe we should rename it to Universities with less than 20 affilates or something?Immunmotbluescreen (talk) 14:29, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

University of California[edit]

I feel the University of California's total count should be mentioned in the introduction, especially since the University of London's total count is discussed. A quick count from my side, summarizing the individual campuses' lists in this article and removing double counts, suggest a total of 107 affiliated laureates, more than any other university.Kiki 233 (talk) 08:57, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

I reverted for a few reasons. For one, its not clear the University of London and University of California are equivalent frameworks. They may be sufficiently equivalent to justify a similar statement but that doesn't seem clear from a basic look over of the different frameworks and how they are commonly (from my perspective) perceived.
More importantly, the "more than any other university" is uncited and unsupported by the article. Assuming the 107 number is correct based on names in the article and duplicates were correctly dealt with (I count 104), it is not the most on the page. Harvard University has 124 unique affiliated winners. Furthermore, its entirely possible that there's another university with a claim for more that no one has come up with yet, as Columbia and Cambridge are both just under 100. PantsB (talk) 18:22, 15 August 2012 (UTC)
Fair enough, I have remover the phrasing "more than any other university". However, I still strongly feel the UC should be mentioned in the introduction. I also note that the University of London mention is unsupported by citations. Kiki 233 (talk) 09:57, 16 August 2012 (UTC)

Golden Triangle (UK universities)[edit]

Message copied from Talkpage of Rangoon11:

Don't bother changing back the correct version of the web page to your laughably incorrect one. If your not going to be factually honest with the site, then get out of it!!!!!! As the founder said at the Berkman Law Center at Harvard University one evening in the first half of 2005, Wikipedia is meant to be an encyclopedia of facts that can be corrected by anyone on earth so long as the corrections are verifiable by any reliable source(s) that can be checked. Your version of the web page is not only intentionally incorrect, but also devoid of any factual source to back up what you say. I checked the Columbia University website and it doesn't even come close to what your count of the Nobel Prize winners was. Spread your falsehood on a blog and not on an encyclopedia that requires verifiable facts from reliable sources. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:01, 4 July 2011 (UTC)

Issues noted and fixed[edit]

Other issues after fixing table formatting errors[edit]

I just fixed a bunch of table formatting errors. I think that's right now, but I noticed a couple of other possible issues in passing.

  1. University of The Witwatersrand appears twice in the table
  2. Albert Einstein appeared outside of the table (just above it). That seemed to be being caused by some stuff in the wikitext in between the Nagoya University and Ohio State University entries. I removed that stuff.

Someone who knows something about the content of this article should che3ck it over. Wtmitchell (talk) (earlier Boracay Bill) 07:59, 24 August 2010 (UTC)

Whitman College and the University of Oregon[edit]

Walter Brattain's biography at indicates he earned his BA from Whitman College and MA from the University of Oregon. Likewise William Murphy's bio indicates he earned an AB from the University of Oregon. Neither institution is included in the list. Thanks! (talk) 09:22, 3 January 2011 (UTC)

Paul Crutzen[edit]

Paul Crutzen recieved his nobel-prize in chemestry working at Gutenberg University Mainz, where he did great part of his research work at the Max Plank Insitute Mainz - this is correctly noted in the article on Crutzen, but in this list he is listed under Chicago while GU Mainz is not mentioned in the list!! -- (talk) 08:57, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

Problem with France University of Paris[edit]

The actual (2011, 09) table is

Affiliations[13] Graduate[14] Attendee or Researcher[15] Academic staff before or at the time of award[16] Academic staff after award[17]
University of Paris's count includes the successor Universities Paris I-XIII.[citation needed]
26[citation needed]
  1. Gabriel Lippmann
  2. Paul Sabatier
  3. François Jacob
  4. Jacques Monod
  5. Louis de Broglie
  1. Charles Richet
  2. Albert Schweitzer
  3. André Frédéric Cournand
  4. Marie Curie
  5. Louis Renault
  6. Jean Dausset
  7. Giorgos Seferis
  8. Albert Fert
  9. Alfred Kastler
  10. Maurice Allais
  11. Henri Moissan
  12. Irène Joliot-Curie
  13. Pierre Curie
  1. Rene Cassin
  2. Léon Jouhaux
  3. Samuel Beckett
  4. Roger Guillemin
  5. Odysseus Elytis
  6. Jules Bordet
  7. Gerhard Ertl
  8. Albert Gobat
  1. Gabriel Lippmann
  2. Louis de Broglie
  3. Marie Curie
  4. Albert Fert
  5. Jean Baptiste Perrin
  6. Alfred Kastler
  7. Henri Moissan
  8. Irène Joliot-Curie
  9. Jean Dausset
  10. Charles Richet
  11. François Jacob
  12. Jacques Monod
  13. Louis Renault
  1. Georges Charpak
  2. Alphonse Laveran
  3. Henri Becquerel
  4. Andre Michel Lwoff
  5. Charles Nicolle
  6. Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov
  7. Jean-Marie Lehn
  8. Nicolaas Bloembergen
  9. Victor Grignard
  10. Yves Chauvin
  11. Abdus Salam
  12. Santiago Ramon y Cajal
  13. Jules Bordet
  14. Charles-Edouard Guillaume
  15. Corneille Heymans
  16. Giulio Natta
  17. Luis Leloir
  18. George Smoot

I think we should add some names

France University of Paris[edit]

Affiliations[18] Graduate[19] Attendee or Researcher[20] Academic staff before or at the time of award[21] Academic staff after award[22]
University of Paris's count includes the successor Universities Paris I-XIII.[citation needed]
  1. Maurice Allais
  2. Paul Henri Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant (LLB)
  3. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (PhD 1974)
  4. Henri Becquerel (DSc 1888)
  5. Henri Bergson (BA 1880)
  6. Léon Bourgeois (DCL)
  7. Louis de Broglie (DSc 1924)
  8. Ferdinand Buisson (DLitt)
  9. René Cassin (DCL)
  10. Georges Charpak (DSc 1955)
  11. Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (DSc 1962)
  12. André Frédéric Cournand (MD 1930)
  13. Marie Curie (DSc 1903)
  14. Pierre Curie (DSc 1895)
  15. Jean Dausset (MD 1945)
  16. Gérard Debreu (DSc)
  17. Albert Fert (PhD 1963)
  18. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (DSc 1957)
  19. François Jacob (MD 1947)
  20. Irène Joliot-Curie (DSc 1924)
  21. Frédéric Joliot-Curie (DSc 1930)
  22. Alfred Kastler (DSc 1936)
  23. Gabriel Lippmann (DSc 1875)
  24. André Lwoff (MD 1927 DSc 1932)
  25. Henri Moissan (DSc 1880)
  26. Jacques Monod (DSc 1941)
  27. Luc Montagnier (MD)
  28. Louis Néel (BSc)
  29. Charles Nicolle (MD)
  30. Frédéric Passy (LLB)
  31. Jean Perrin (DSc 1897)
  32. Louis Renault (DCL)
  33. Charles Richet (MD 1877 ; DSc 1878)
  34. Romain Rolland (D Litt 1895)
  35. Paul Sabatier (DSc 1880)
  36. Jean-Paul Sartre (BA 1927) (refused the Price)
  37. Giorgos Seferis (LLB)
  1. Samuel Beckett
  2. Jules Bordet
  3. Gerhard Ertl
  4. Odysseus Elytis
  5. Albert Gobat
  6. Roger Guillemin
  7. Léon Jouhaux
  8. Roger Martin du Gard
  9. François Mauriac
  10. Albert Schweitzer
  11. Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff
  1. Gabriel Lippmann
  2. Louis de Broglie
  3. Marie Curie
  4. Albert Fert
  5. Jean Perrin
  6. Alfred Kastler
  7. Henri Moissan
  8. Irène Joliot-Curie
  9. Jean Dausset
  10. Charles Richet
  11. François Jacob
  12. Jacques Monod
  13. Louis Renault
  1. George Smoot


Number of Laureates as in October 13th 2014[edit]

As two former attendees of the University of Paris received nobel prizes, Patrick Modiano (literature) and Jean Tirole (economics), shouldn't be number of laureates updated?

--Canyouhearmemajortom? (talk) 14:00, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

Countries and Flags[edit]

The goal of this list is not to sort laureates by country (there's another list for that). But I find that the flags help me mentally place the university names. Some people seem to prefer spelling out the country name or not including it at all. Before we make systematic changes, can we please discuss the reasoning behind them? Elriana (talk) 23:35, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Per MOS:FLAG these universities should not have flags, especially the US universities that have nothing to do with the US other then location. User:Ohconfucius in general removes flags per the this MOS. He did this here and I requested that he remove the countries completely as they serve no purpose and should not be in the section headings. Why should it say Harvard University United States. While it might be helpful the school is wikilinked below. If you want to know where it is click the link. If someone wants to add it to the box the school has I don't have strong objections to it but in the section heading is just illogical. So per MOS:FLAG it should not be a flag and in my opinion it does not belong in the heading with the school. Look at the version before my revert and tell me if you think that makes sense. XFEM Skier (talk) 03:34, 22 May 2014 (UTC)
@Elriana:The use of flags in the article were in breach of MOS:FLAG because the notion of national representation does not apply – universities here do not "represent" the countries. In addition, they also breach MOS:HEAD, which advises "Headings should not contain images, including flag icons." Also bearing in mind the list contains the names of the most prestigious universities in the world, and we are not talking about University of Westminster, I think we can dispense with the flags or the country names in the heading. I would have no objections per se if you want to rearrange the table to account for the countries where the universities are, but I don't really see much point, as you already indicated. -- Ohc ¡digame! 03:57, 22 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the justification. I have no strong objection to the edits given your arguments, but I did feel they should be articulated. I would point out, however, that most universities do represent their countries of origin. In the US, even those that are not state institutions are frequently funded through the state and/or federal governments. The sciences in particular are generally funded by government grants through agencies like the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. So in a very tangible sense, research performed at private institutions such as Caltech and Harvard represents the intellectual pursuits of the United States. Just something to keep in mind.Elriana (talk) 16:57, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

Harvard should NOT be first[edit]

Either Chicago or Cambridge should be first. Harvard doesn't even come close. Many of the entries listed are outright false or unverified.

As a Harvard student, if Harvard was top for Nobel prizes, there would be a lot of bragging about it. But it's not, and even Harvard acknowledges that.

We are either going to list the universities according to their total affiliations or according to their official counts only. In that sense, your ordering simply doesn't make any sense. It doesn't strictly follow neither of the two rules. In your ordering, Yale and Stanford (both of their official counts are in 20s range) are above Harvard when Harvard's official count is in 40s range. Ordering by official counts only is not feasible, since many universities do not publish their official counts. Moreover, you should first prove what entries are "falsified" before doing what you just did. The list has been like that for as long as I can remember.


Your response makes no sense at all. Fine, we sort by official count only. My mistake then for not sorting the rest properly.

Ordering by official counts IS feasible. Many universities do not publish their total counts, only their official counts. Harvard is a good example of this. Their website does not list 150+ laureates on their website, it lists 48. So this idea of a "total count" is original research, and bad research at that.

You can't have been around here for very long, as Harvard was never placed at the top. The top position was a struggle between Cambridge and Columba until this absurd, immeasurable idea of "total affiliations" started to rip apart any credibility this list ever had. Harvard never came close to being top, and rightly so.

Furthermore, the list is NOT consistent because some universities only have their official count contributing to their position in the list, while others have the extended unofficial count. This is terrible methodology. How is it fair to rank one university for publishing their official count, and another for publishing tenuous associations?

I've been through the list and taken the official counts for ease of viewing. The page needs to be reordered as necessary.

Harvard - 48 Columbia - 82 Cambridge - 90 Chicago - 89 MIT - 78 Berkeley - 61 Oxford - 51 Stanford - 27 Yale - 25 Paris - 51 Gottingen - 44 Cornell - 41 Heidelberg - 32 Humboldt - 29 Princeton - 37 Johns Hopkins - 36 Ludwig Maximilians - 13 NYU - 4 Caltech - 31 ETH Zurich - 29 Pennsylvania - 28 UCL - 21 Manchester - 21 UIUC - 24 Rockefeller - 24 Minnesota - 23 Washington St. Louis - 22 Carnegie Mellon - 19 University of Zurich - 12 UCSD - 20 Michigan - 20

Please read at least the lead of the article before making large changes to the structure of the list. The lead states the order of the list and the reason for using that order. If there are any incorrect affiliations feel free to bring them up. If you disagree with the methodology that can be discussed here and if consensus is reached a change can be made, but look through the talk page and the archives of it first since it is not worth rehashing conversations in general. XFEM Skier (talk) 14:49, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
Also, Harvard University educated 69 Nobel laureates (look at the list and check), but its official count is only 48. Should we then still count official counts only? As the introduction says, because of issues like this, we use the broadest definition of affiliation for the total counts. Moreover, Harvard doesn't brag about its Nobel laureates count because 1) the 152 count includes attendees, researchers and those faculty that joined after winning their Nobel prize (if we use a definition looser than Harvard's official count but stricter than the total count on the wiki article, Harvard's total will still be quite large but possibly be lower than that of Columbia, Chicago and Cambridge) and 2) it has lots and lots of things other than that to brag about (e.g. its billionaires count, presidents count, etc). Wisdompower (talk)

It seems to be a good idea to choose some kind of official count. I am sure Harvard would brag about Nobels if it would feel it could ;) The current methodology seems bias towards universities into which we've done more research to find any kind of associations, so the other ones have "official count" competing against a huge unofficial count from Harvard. I am sure if we investigated for unofficial count from other places some of them would beat Harvard too. I think the official count should be the one which is currently used, and then any other laureates can be listed under a column of "unofficial", but the list must not be sorted by the unofficial ones. I cannot find where this change took place to change it so Harvard was put top of the list, but if you go back for a few years then it is clear it used to be much lower.

What is your proposed methodology for listing the schools? The current is logical and appears to have been consensus for a little while now. Please provide a constructive idea as opposed to just complaining that Harvard is first. Also note that this is not a ranking, but a list of affiliations. By all means propose a better idea or do research to show that other schools beat Harvard. Also please sign your talk page posts with four ~. XFEM Skier (talk) 19:49, 3 June 2014 (UTC)
Sorry to disappoint you (whoever you are), but Harvard should definitely be top of the list. I suggest you read this article which describes how for instance the University of Chicago has one of the most "aggressive" nobel counting methods, while UC Berkeley uses a relatively conservative method. If we were to use "official" lists, then it would still not be "correct", since different universties apply different counting standards (and for instance the University of Chicago has spent a lot of time boosting their tally). If Harvard were to apply a more liberal counting method, its nobel count would be higher. And no, no other university would be able to beat Harvard's unofficial list.
In any case, Harvard doesn't need to brag about anything. Harvard is Harvard. this article is simply intended to provide an overview of nobel laurates and their university affiliations (as student, faculty, visiting scholar). All laureates in this list should be referenced. I really don't think moving over to an "official" list is going to improve the article. Fgimm (talk) 09:11, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

These issues have been hashed out higher on the talk page. Cambridge University and the University of Chicago admittedly use very broad definitions of affiliates. The purpose of this page is to apply the same standard across all universities, rather than the more reserved/restricted/conservative counts other universities, including Harvard, use. The Harvard entries have all been verified, on the laureate's main page, the primary Harvard citation and/or or in the citation as there has been past contention regarding their totals. Some individuals at highly prestigious universities have invested in this "Nobel inflation" so as to further enhance their institution's prestige and this has resulted in backlash. But comparing apples to apples, (as Fgimm put it) "Harvard is Harvard." PantsB (talk) 17:42, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

1) Thank you PantsB.
2) For consistency's sake, the page is ordered by unofficial count. The official counts are extremely variable in their methodology and do not exist for many schools further down the list. Using such inconsistent measures would not give the ordering on this page any credibility at all. If you wish to discuss the methodology used for counting, please start by reading the previous discussions #How are affiliations defined? and #Specific counting issues.
3) If the objection to the current totals stems from a dislike of counting certain categories, perhaps that could be dealt with. Is there a way to make the list resortable by number of graduates or by faculty at the time of the award? This would be a formatting/coding change, not a total count or methodology change.
4) Some schools will always be better researched than others. This issue is much more noticeable in the Other Universities section, where a single laureate's affiliation can move a school up the list quite a ways. Most of the universities with >20 laureates listed have been well-researched. I personally have gone through the lists for Harvard, MIT and Caltech and I have noticed similar efforts for Cambridge, Colombia, Chicago and Cornell. If we wish to minimize the effect of research time on number of laureates for a given school, we need to revisit the way visiting lecturers and consultants are dealt with. These are usually the laureates whose affiliation with a given school is only found through research beyond wikipedia and the main Nobel website. The current policy of counting any and all visiting lecturers as academic staff was discussed previously. While I do not like them counting the same way as full faculty, no one has come up with a clear way of distinguishing such short-term associations in a fair and consistent manner. (See #How are affiliations defined?) Elriana (talk) 18:30, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

What was the conclusion of this discussion? Things do not seem to have been resolved

The resolution is that there is no change to the page or even suggested change to the page. The count is determined as noted on the page. If someone wants that changed than that needs to be brought here. It was not so this issue is basically closed with no change. XFEM Skier (talk) 16:22, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Block user[edit]

Could an admin please block user He/she keeps deleting an official laureate from Oxford's count, plus editing the count to a lower number. Kiki 233 (talk) 19:28, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

This is not the appropriate place for that request. Please see WP:ANI. XFEM Skier (talk) 19:32, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

Added Individual - List needs reordering[edit]

I recently added George Akerlof to the Georgetown University affiliation in the column "academic staff after award." This brings the University's total number to require, which requires its position in the list to be modified. Can someone do this (I am not very good at manipulating tables on Wikipedia)? Ergo Sum 18:32, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Fixed! Thank you for your contribution Immunmotbluescreen (talk) 14:18, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Who really supports the category "Academic staff after award"? The root of all problems on the Talk page.[edit]

It seems like most of the discussions on this talk page for the moment have their roots in the vague category of "Academic staff after award". At some point in time, adding it might have seemed like a good idea, but can someone please tell me why they support it now? The definition is Any laureate who was a member of the respective institution's academic staff only after receiving the prize. The degree of affiliation (adjunct, visiting, tenured etc.) is irrelevant for these purposes.

Let's face it, to list universities based on Nobel laureates is immature and not very classy. To take pride in other's work just because you are associated with the same association is a sign of weakness, but it is kind of entertaining. I surely understand why we have it and I find it interesting to see which university that has graduated the most Nobel prize laureates and well where the most Nobel prize friendly research has been made. It is easy to define graduated or at least had studied. As for where the research has been made, it is more difficult. If the laureate have switched between different universities, it is probably more difficult to distinguish where his or hers findings where made since it is most likely a progress. Therefore I think most people will support the categories Graduate, Attendee or Researcher and Academic staff before or at the time of award. Any laureate could of course continue to contribute to his or hers field after they are received their prize so can be argued that a category "after award" could be interesting. However, the prize is almost never(except for the cases of Peace and Economics) given at the time of discovery, but once it has spread and been developed. This means that Academic staff before or at the time of award covers most relevant information and to include Academic staff after award brings a lot of problems as we have seen and feel more like a way for certain individuals to get "their" universities to be on the top of this page. I can list the following problems with this category:

  • It provokes edit wars
  • It doesn't really give much relevant information
  • It bloats the table, making it harder to read, take longer to load and more difficult to edit
  • It is easily abused and vague.
  • It is most probably inaccurate for every university accept the largest ones.
  • It strongly advantages universities English speaking countries since people are probably more willing to move there than to non English speaking countries
  • It lowers the standard of Wikipedia and this page
  • It strongly differs from how most of the academia officially counts affiliated laureates

But please tell me if you agree with me or if you can points at some of the benefits of this category and why you think the page should include it.Immunmotbluescreen (talk) 15:26, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

I agree that this category is flawed. The definition is vague, and the inclusion of short-term guest lecturers annoys me personally. However, we need something like this category to tell the whole story. Regarding some of the specific objections listed above:
  • Considering the scope of this page, the edit wars are relatively few. Most of these could be avoided if editors included a reference for their additions.
  • Relevancy: Knowing which schools have the money, research facilities/resources, and academic environment to attract prize-winning researchers throughout their careers is very useful. From a student's point of view, post-award laureates are fantastic resources. Often, they are more free to share their time and experience than researchers still fighting for every dollar of funding (or tenure). So it is useful to know which schools house them and attract them as visiting lecturers.
  • This table will always be long. I don't think a fourth column makes it any more difficult to read than a third column.
  • I agree that it is vague. Attempts to define it more explicitly have so far failed. I would personally prefer a definition that required at least a year of resident affiliation, so that visiting lecturers would largely be excluded. But such a definition is arbitrary and has proven contentious. If you have any ideas on how to deal with this, I would love to hear them.
  • The accuracy of every category is somewhat questionable for all but the largest universities. That is an argument against the entire list, not just this category.
  • English speaking universities have certain advantages in academia. This is an unfortunate fact, not an artifact of this list.
  • Wikipedia is only ever as good as its editors. I'd say the lack of citations for many entries (in every category) is a larger quality issue.
  • As discussed above, 'most of academia' does not count affiliated laureates in any consistent manner. Some universities only list current professors/researchers in their official counts, many of whom would be excluded from every other category in this list. How would we handle that without this category?
Elriana (talk) 20:36, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
It is a good thing at least we can agree on that the definition is vague, however I don't think you have considered your opinion on this topic enough. I will reply to each of your statements.
Considering the scope of this page, the edit wars are relatively few. Most of these could be avoided if editors included a reference for their additions.
So edit wars was maybe the wrong word, but as you can see on this Talk page most discussions is about the flaws of this category. It is controversial and has no benefits in my opinion.
Relevancy: Knowing which schools have the money, research facilities/resources, and academic environment to attract prize-winning researchers throughout their careers is very useful. From a student's point of view, post-award laureates are fantastic resources. Often, they are more free to share their time and experience than researchers still fighting for every dollar of funding (or tenure). So it is useful to know which schools house them and attract them as visiting lecturers.
So you are basically arguing from a teaching perspective rather than I science perspective. The problem is that the Nobel prize isn't, and never claimed to be, a good indicator for teaching capabilities. It is perfectly fine to receive the Nobel with having absolutely zero interest in teaching and being a good lecturer.
Furthermore, on Wikipedia in general or university websites,this category is rarely mentioned because it lacks relevance. When you visit each laureate's individual page, universities they have visited after the award is never mentioned.
This table will always be long. I don't think a fourth column makes it any more difficult to read than a third column.
Do you realize how many universities in the world that has been visited by a Nobel prize laureate? This page would loose all relevancy if it they were included. The more of this questionable category we have, the harder it gets to get the information you wanted from here. Also although the official count varies, I am not aware of a single one that includes this category
Wikipedia is only ever as good as its editors. I'd say the lack of citations for many entries (in every category) is a larger quality issue.
Ahh, common misconception! Actually Wikipedia does not cover every topic there is. In order for Wikipedia to work each article must be up to standards of relevance and notablity Wikipedia:Relevance
As discussed above, 'most of academia' does not count affiliated laureates in any consistent manner. Some universities only list current professors/researchers in their official counts, many of whom would be excluded from every other category in this list. How would we handle that without this category?
Of course this article needs consistent affiliation definition, but I don't what relevant cases the first three don't cover
--Immunmotbluescreen (talk) 08:07, 11 October 2015 (UTC)

1) Please do not make assumptions about how much thought has gone into someone's answers. I have considered and discussed this issue (on this very page) for over 2 years now. Let's stick to the issues, not personal comments.
2) Many universities' official counts include laureates currently in residence, whether they won the award there or not. For example, Caltech's official list includes David Baltimore. Colombia's includes Leon M. Lederman and Harold Clayton Urey. These cases highlight one argument for this category: that it helps the reader parse the differences between the count on this list and any 'official' count.
3) Some notable laureates are known for a long-term association with a particular school, but did not join that school until after their prize. See Jody Williams, for example. This sort of association is probably more common for Peace and Literature Prize winners because they are more likely to be unaffiliated at the time of their prize. I am not talking about 'visiting' scientists; I'm talking about laureates that spent many years at an institution with which they were not affiliated at the time of their award. These institutions are, in fact, usually mentioned on the individual laureate's page. Some examples: Paul Dirac's papers are held by Florida State, where he spent the last decade of his life. Much of Norman Borlaug's work with CIMMYT occurred while affiliated with Texas A&M, and helped to shape one of the best-known agricultural curricula in the US.
We really should have some way of handling these cases.
4) I am not saying the Nobel prize is an indicator of teaching ability. It isn't. But past prize winners can be a valuable resource for students interested in a career in research. They bring money into programs just by being associated with a particular school. Past laureates bring in more high-calibre visiting lecturers and faculty because people want to work with/near them. And, from personal student experience, I can say that the past laureates made more time for lectures, lab tours, and small-group student discussions than those who won the award while I was in college or in the few years after. This list is about the intersection of the laureates and the universities. If we ignore the ways the laureates affect their universities, we ignore half the picture. The other three categories tell you more about which universities were part of building laureates. The last category is the only one that really gives a clear picture of which schools/programs are built by laureates.
5) I do have an idea of how many universities are visited by laureates. That is why I have supported more stringent requirements for this category. But no consensus has been reached on where to draw the line between short-term visitor and significant presence. I believe that is where we should be focusing our attention. If the length of the list bothers you, eliminating the 4th column isn't going to make much of a difference anyway, since the other columns have far more entries (despite the broad scope covered by that 4th column).
6) As for misconceptions, I am fully aware of the scope of wikipedia. That has nothing to do with the sentence referenced. The point I was attempting to make is that I find the lack of citations and/or inconsistencies with individual articles (both things individual editors could easily fix) a much larger quality issue here than the size of this list.
At this point, I feel that we have both made an attempt at putting forth our views. Given the number of editors involved in this list, I think any actions or further discussion should probably wait for input from other individuals. Elriana (talk) 22:10, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

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Highly dubious list[edit]

This has to be the most childish list I have ever seen on the internet. So Harvard has association with more that 150 Nobel laureates? And who are they? Hans Bethe, Isidor Isaac Rabi, Werner Heisenberg and many similar laureates who have spent only few months (maybe even few days) at Harvard. Is that a joke? A legitimate individual on such a list should either have earned a Harvard degree, or have had a formal appointment as a faculty member or a formal appointment as a researcher. So Columbia has over 100 Nobel laureates? Max Planck and Al Gore were at Columbia for only few months; such padding destroys the credibility of the list.

"Using a methodology consistent with that of University of Cambridge, Harvard University would have significantly more affiliated laureates."

Rubbish. Cambridge doesn't count individuals like Peter Diamond and Hans Bethe - both were at Cambridge for about a year - on their official list.[23] If Cambridge uses a methodology consistent with that of this list, it will have well over 150 laureates.

Look at List of Duke University people. That list includes only those who have graduated from Duke or spent at least one year as a postdoctoral researcher or two years as a faculty member at Duke. This list is totally out of control and it will be extremely hard to fix this list. In Heels (talk) 09:14, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

The question I have is what standard are you proposing? The quote is in regards to the official counts. Harvard's official count would be higher if they used Cambridge's methodology. The issue is almost no matter how the list is done there will be people that should or should not be counted on it. If someone spends 6 months someplace that has a profound impact on their work that leads to the Nobel prize then shouldn't that place be acknowledged. Essentially all post award associations are just going to the largest or richest schools and have no bearing on the the actual prize. Everyone seems to have their own methodology making it a hard problem to solve. Also culling this list will be time consuming and maintenance will be challenging with a striker standard, which would need to be proposed and agreed upon. XFEM Skier (talk) 15:21, 17 February 2016 (UTC)
No. Harvard's official count would not be higher if they used Cambridge's methodology. Cambridge doesn't count Diamond, Bethe and many other laureates who have spent about a year at Cambridge. Please read my comment properly before commenting. If someone spends 6 months someplace that has a profound impact on their work that leads to the Nobel prize then they should be counted. That's not the case in this list. This list counts laureates who have spent only few months at a university - and that had zero impact on their work. Harvard had no role in the careers of Yang, Fermi, Bethe, Rabi and Heisenberg - and all of them only spent few months (maybe even less) at Harvard. We should respect official counts and include other individuals if they spent at least one year as a postdoctoral researcher or two years as a faculty member at the university. We can also include individuals who have spent at least 6 months, if that period had profound impact on their career. In Heels (talk) 07:30, 18 February 2016 (UTC)
If you read through the opening you will see we don't use the official standard because no one has the same official standard, and the Nobel committee has its own different standard. I again suggest you propose a standard instead of saying this one is bad. I don't disagree that the current standard is broad and does not give a good indication of how universities support work that leads to a Nobel prize but that is not the point of this list. We need a standard that is objective or at the very least objective with some potential for exception given source that say it was important. Until there is a new standard agreed upon here I suggest you don't remove people from the list based on your personal beliefs. XFEM Skier (talk) 15:22, 18 February 2016 (UTC)
I will not remove anyone from the list. I think that this is a bad list - we need some kind of new standard for this list. Maybe we should include only those individuals who have spent at least 6 months at universities. I want to know what other members of Wikipedia think about this issue. In Heels (talk) 04:48, 19 February 2016 (UTC)
Harvard's official count is only 48, and does not include the individuals In Heels specifically names. I think the confusion is between the "official" count, which is what the university itself lists, and for which there are almost as many counting standards as there are universities, and the count made by counting the entries in this list. In the official lists compiled by the schools themselves, it is true that, "Using a methodology consistent with that of University of Cambridge, Harvard University would have significantly more affiliated laureates." That is why we had to define some specific methodology for this wiki list. But no one has ever managed to define a minimum affiliation time or level that got a significant consensus.Elriana (talk) 22:11, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

It's a terrible list and it's meaningless. A university can only 'claim' a Nobel laureate if the person was awarded the prize for research conducted while on the faculty of that university. In the obvious case of the triple award for the discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule, Watson and Crick were at Cambridge and Wilkins was at King's College London. (Franklin, also of King's, would have shared in the award had she still been living.) It's not difficult. 'Claiming' laureates who happened to have been undergraduates at a certain university, or who were hired as faculty after winning the prize, is plainly dishonest. Khamba Tendal (talk) 18:20, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

This list is not about universities "claiming" laureates. This list is about seeing where laureates tend to come from and tend to go, which laureates were at the same institution and may have influenced each other (some laureates also leave a significant legacy at an institution long after they are gone, which influences later students and faculty). For instance, I know Feynman valued teaching, and that he supposedly influenced Caltech's Physics program. What other laureates may have been influenced by him while they were students? When they became faculty?
Knowing where laureates got their undergraduate degree is notable. It shows which universities have undergraduate programs more focused on research and/or are better at preparing students for research starting at that level and/or admit the students with the greatest research potential. It is interesting to contrast the schools with more undergraduates who went on to be laureates with the schools that have the most laureates awarded while on staff. For instance, Rockefeller University is clearly associated with some great laureates, but most of these were neither students or faculty. So their involvement with and influence on the educational structure of the university is less than at a school like Caltech or Oxford, where nearly all laureates were/are students and staff. Similarly, a university with more faculty laureates will be more influenced by those individuals than one where most laureates were students.
Do I agree that inclusion criteria are bit lax? yes. I would really like to separate the 'academic staff' columns into 'tenured faculty' and 'other academic staff' (researchers not part of the academic staff are already separate). But then someone will argue that a non-tenured associate professor who worked somewhere for 8 years is more relevant than a tenured professor who left after 3 years. Then there's the differences in tenure systems over time and between places to be dealt with. If you want a better list, propose a useful classification scheme we can mostly agree on. Elriana (talk) 22:11, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

Minimumbias Vandalism[edit]

The issue of claimed Nobel Prize affiliates has been hashed out several times on this page. Minimumbias has taken it upon himself to make a self-determined count of Nobel Prize winners. Assistance with the massive revision of this page that has taken place would be greatly appreciated. (PrincetonNeuroscientist (talk) 22:09, 9 November 2016 (UTC))

Can someone please address this issue? It seems a user has decided to unilaterally determine his own count. This needs to be addressed as it seems this page has lost activity since the major edit wars were taking place. (PrincetonNeuroscientist (talk) 05:16, 13 November 2016 (UTC))

Further it seems user Minimumbias has been warned in the past for making false edits to university pages regarding how many Olympic medal their alumni have won. This could be a pattern of vandalism or a personal motive to skew university accolades in a certain manner. (PrincetonNeuroscientist (talk) 05:19, 13 November 2016 (UTC))

One more thing - Minimumbias has elected to rank the schools according to "Field and Turing Medal criteria". This is entirely irrational and strange to be honest. We've been having discussion on this page for years now about whether to determine the ranking according to the Nobel Prize Critera and we settled on the unofficial count with the official in parenthesis. Now suddenly he's using the official count of Field and Turing? I would greatly appreciate some input here! Thank you! (PrincetonNeuroscientist (talk) 05:25, 13 November 2016 (UTC))

—== Update of Nobel Laureates Counting ==

Hi everyone, I am a Nobel prize winner in a top 10 university in this list (I retired several years ago, currently holding the title of "professor emeritus"). I've been updating the Nobel prize counting list these days, by performing the following 3 steps. I provide the rationale and reason for each of this step below.

1) The only change in the criterion of Nobel laureate counting is the "special lectureship". Many universities would invite famous people such as the Nobel prize winners to give talks or "lectures" on their campuses; sometimes, the school would even give a title to these "lecturer" as a recognition or honor, for example the "Morris Loeb Lecturer (short-term)" of Harvard university. This is NOT an affiliation by any means, as I explained in the introduction before the updated list. I myself had been to dozens of universities upon invitations, and so did many of my fellow laureates, but we are by no means affiliated to these universities. Hence, such restriction on counting is reasonable and necessary, otherwise any university can claim the affiliation of a Nobel laureate simply by inviting him or her there. Interestingly, while I was updating the list, I realized only Harvard and Columbia had counted such special lecturers as affiliates, wildly promoting their counts. After all, the change of Harvard and Columbia's counts in the new list are mostly due to this correction in counting. (On the other hand, in the worst-case scenario in which one insists to include "special lecturers" in the counting, the old list is not complete either, and the counts for all other universities should be updated to include this part in order to be consistent)

2) The counts of most other schools, either staying the same or going up/down a little bit (<4), changed only because of miscounts in the old list. I carefully re-counted them all. If you have any doubt, you may go back and count again. Most importantly, I updated the list with 3-category representation. This is how the modern research universities are constructed: students (graduates and attendees), long-term staff (professors in residence), and short-term staff (visitors and visiting researchers). The long-term staff are the core of such structure of universities, carrying out various responsibilities from the departments and deciding how their departments function. In particular, the list now clearly shows the most important information of the laureates - the type of affiliations, the time they won the awards, etc.

3) To summarize, I worked on the original list, regrouped the affiliates of each university into the 3-category representation, deleted any unreasonable affiliation described in 1) above, and re-counted the number of affiliates carefully (avoiding multiple counts of a same person).

Since everyone has the right to edit a Wikipedia page and point out mistakes (which includes me), you may point out anything you think is invalid or unreasonable above and make a change. But, you need to give a valid reason like I did, otherwise you are simply doing vandalism to a possible improvement of the page. While no others have expressed disagreement with my update in any form, there is a user called "PrincetonNeuroscientist" who repeatedly called my behavior as "vandalism", right after the count of Columbia university dropped from 104 to 99. He argued that the old list received "collective acceptance" and I was simply using my "ideal" as the basis of the update. When I confronted him/her with my reasoning in his/her talk page and explained that I was simply correcting a mistake in the old criterion, he/she did NOT give back any valid argument or evidence to show the invalidity of my update. Instead, he simply insisted that I was doing vandalism and claimed to have reported me to administration. Obviously, he/she is interrupting the improvement of the quality of this page. Minimumbias (talk) 23:43, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

I have issues with your edits because they remove a lot of visual information I found useful. Most importantly, I want to know which schools professors were at before and at the time of their awards. Any school with enough money can hire Laureates after they receive the Nobel Prize. But the universities that host people who subsequently receive the award is a different sort of list. Those are places that value and support good researchers *before* they are globally recognized. The asterisks you use to denote this are not effective for someone trying to get an idea of what percentage of a university's laureates were hired after they received their awards.
There should also be a distinction between academic (teaching) staff and research staff. Several universities have research entities that include staff that never teach. I believe this is most common in the Medical sciences. The previous list format attempted to distinguish these people when it differentiated 'staff' from 'faculty'. It is significant when someone is adding to a university's count but is actually associated with a research entity that does not interact with the educational side of the university.
I am not happy about your unilateral edits before discussing them on this page. Justifications given on others' individual user pages are irrelevant to me. I appreciate the amount of work you have done, but the decrease in visual information troubles me.Elriana (talk) 00:16, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

- This list is to present the university affiliations of Nobel laureates. The central goal is thus to present the affiliations to the public most directly and clearly. At the foundation of academic structure of modern research universities is the three types of affiliations (students, long-term staff, temporary staff), which should be naturally adopted in the presentation. Other information is extra and is not essential for this list, but much can still be readily read off or inferred from the current page. For instance, the current list includes the descriptions of the affiliations for each laureate, which had to be inferred from the old list. Overall, I think the amount of visual information actually increases, a lot. On the other hand, the information you wish to find in the old "Academic Staff Before/After Award" categories is not that accurate:

1) It is untrue that "any school with enough money can hire laureates". A lot of universities in Asia, for example, receive considerable funding from the government and are eager to hire more world-class faculty members and researchers, including Nobel laureates. But due to various reasons (e.g., the lack of strong academic atmosphere currently), not many laureates actually moved there.

2) In addition, a Nobel laureate may have stayed in various universities before receiving the award, but it is tricky to determine the influence (some might be negative) from these universities on the laureate; on the other hand, the award-winning researches of many laureates were not conducted at one place only. For instance, my work was conducted at at least two universities. Nowadays international collaboration has become more and more common, which makes it even harder to accurately distinguish the contributions from different universities. Minimumbias (talk) 21:45, 28 May 2017 (UTC)

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The correct abbreviations for the UK degrees of Bachelor of Science and Master of Science are BSc and MSc, respectively, not Bs and Ms, which are American usages. Anyone possessing these UK degrees should be accorded the correct abbreviation. Urselius (talk) 08:31, 13 December 2016 (UTC)

Alexander Todd and Peter Debye[edit]

Some of the entries are wrong. Alexander Todd never had major appointments at American universities. In October, 1957, he was Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lecturer at UC Berkeley.[24] Such lectures are awards/honors/recognition instead of an actual affiliation with the university. He also gave similar lectures at Caltech, MIT and University of Chicago. Peter Debye's lectures at Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Berkeley, etc. were also awards/honors rather than an actual affiliation with the institutions.[25] Ber31 (talk) 07:25, 7 April 2017 (UTC)

This page is controversial[edit]

Although various wiki editors have contributed to this page, the overall quality of the page is poor and the page is controversial. There are so many entries that are wrong and this sort of page will not be accepted by any serious scholarly journal. Wiki editors are more interested in inflating Nobel laureates of their universities instead of producing the best possible list. The inclusion criteria are extremely lax. Emilio Segrè is counted as Columbia's Nobel laureate. He only held a very short appointment at Columbia. Kofi Annan's fellowship was honors/recognition instead of an actual affiliation with the university. A university should count a Nobel laureate if the laureate has spent at least an academic semester at the university. MIT list[26], Cambridge University list[27], and most similar lists only accepts someone who has spent at least 6 months at the university. We should introduce similar inclusion criteria for the page. Ber31 (talk) 07:28, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

- It is NOT controversial. You are being really subjective by saying it is "poor and controversial". And this is NOT a journal, and it is NOT subject to the criteria of ANY journal. It is NOT a research paper. Do NOT try to peer review this page using the criterion/standard of your own. Why does a university "should count a Nobel laureate [only] if the laureate has spent at least an academic semester at the university"? This list adopts a relatively general/liberal criterion in order to avoid the possible argument and controversy (e.g., adopting the counting criterion of a specific university). This was a consensus reached by many many Wikipedia editors. (This is why the "official counts" are included for reference) This criterion is FAIR and is NOT favoring ANY university. There is NO reason to accept your stricter "6-month" criterion. Finally, the MIT count includes, for example, IPCC personnel, who were NOT awarded the 2007 Nobel peace prize. (talk) 07:52, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

Sorry, but there is no consensus. Read the arguments of many editors above. Many editors have objected to the way Nobel laureates are counted on this page. User:Elriana, who has contributed to this page, agrees that inclusion criteria are bit lax. University of Chicago has a liberal way to count Nobel laureate - even in their case, they are too embarrassed to count Emily Greene Balch in their Nobel list.[28] Ber31 (talk) 08:01, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

§ Hi all, I wish to stress a few points.

1) To "": even though I agree with some of your points, please do not use "NOT" in capital so often and show some respect to other editors. Your attitude is not helpful for establishing a constructive conversation whatsoever.

2) To"Ber31": I understand your frustration. In early November 2016, I started an extensive restructuring on this Nobel Laureates affiliation page and I experienced the opposition from some other editors too, who called my behavior "vandalism". I thus discussed my rationale of modification in this talk page (see "Minimumbias Vandalism" and "Update of Nobel Laureates Counting"). I pointed out that "visiting professorship/lectureship which are awards/honors/recognition instead of an actual affiliation with the university". This cut the number inflation to an extent. And I divided the affiliations into 3 categories as you see today and briefly described the forms of affiliations for each Laureate. This is the same as in the counting pages of Fields Medalists (I created the list) and Turing Awardees (I restructured the list).

I understand you now wish to impose more stringent criteria, but I am afraid that you are going too far for this end.

- First of all, an important thing to remember is that a Wikipedia page is not a research paper, and it shall not report results due to original researches. And the articles should be as "objective" as possible. Hence, I believe it is improper to impose a "minimum time" criterion for "Temporary Academic Staff", for it is a sign of original thinking, which is somewhat arbitrary and subjective.

    This list is "List of Nobel laureates by university affiliation", but not "List of Nobel laureates by university affiliation who spent at least half a year in the universities". An affiliation is an affiliation. As Wikipedia editors, we should only look at the word's original meaning. Any over-interpretation (e.g., awards/honors) and further criterion (e.g., half-year minimum time) are not needed or allowed, because they are either over-interpreting the meaning of "affiliation" or are personal opinions/thoughts. 

- Secondly, please do not use the counting criteria from any universities and impose them on this list. The reason is explained in the previous paragraph. To be specific, indeed, some major universities keep their lists of the Nobel laureates based on various counting criteria which, again, are products of subjective thoughts and taste. But as Wikipedia editors, we should not bring this "subjectivity" into Wikipedia pages.

- Finally, a practical issue. It is not always easy, if not impossible, to determine the exact lengths (and sometimes forms) of affiliations from reliable online sources. People move, all the time, even in academia. Hence, to be fair and reasonable, it is not a very good idea to impose a "minimum time" criterion unless one is a very serious historian working on a research paper (not Wikipedia editor).

Minimumbias (talk) 22:08, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

I agree. Wikipedia is not a research journal which collects original research results. One cannot simply use his/her own judgement to set up additional criteria to count the laureates. (talk) 03:36, 28 April 2017 (UTC)

List of Fields Medal winners by university affiliation and List of Turing Award laureates by university affiliation are much better than this page. They are scholarly. It is possible for one researcher to spent less than a semester at a university and publish some important papers, and another researcher to spent few years at a university without any major publication. This page still has plenty of issues. For instance, Barnard College and Columbia are separate schools - although they are affiliated. Elie Wiesel and Leymah Gbowee were affiliated with Barnard College. Whether they should be a part of Columbia University Nobel list or not is also subjective. It would be nearly impossible to create a perfect list. Ber31 (talk) 06:30, 28 April 2017 (UTC)

Also, regardless of whatever anyone says, a Nobel laureate who has only spend one summer session at a university as a student or staff should not be counted on this page. Ber31 (talk) 06:33, 28 April 2017 (UTC)

- "It is possible for one researcher to spent less than a semester at a university and publish some important papers, and another researcher to spent few years at a university without any major publication." Wikipedia is not the place to consider or discuss this issue. (talk) 07:42, 28 April 2017 (UTC)

The above quote was to support Minimumbias' observation that it is not a very good idea to impose a minimum-time criterion for this page. Ber31 (talk) 05:59, 29 April 2017 (UTC)

I wish to point out that the lists for Fields Medal and Turing Award Winners are a lot easier to construct and maintain because there are only 56 and 65 awardees, respectively and they are all in similar fields. According to the Nobel website, "Between 1901 and 2016, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 579 times to 911 people and organizations." That is over an order of magnitude more awardees. The Nobel recipients also span a much wider variety of fields and backgrounds. Some, (particularly Peace Prize recipients) didn't even have college degrees. Categorizing the experiences and affiliations of this diverse set of people is never going to be simple. If you have suggestions on how to make this list more usable or relevant, please suggest them on this talk page. But please also keep in mind the shear magnitude of this undertaking and the necessity of avoiding subjective metrics. It's a thorny discussion at times, but this list is still way more useful than trying to compare the individual universities' own counts or relying on the incomplete information at Elriana (talk) 23:49, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

- One comment: please do not use the words "a lot easier". All three pages require hard work. You may say constructing and maintaining the Nobel page is much harder, but please do not use the word "easier". Please respect other people's contributions. Minimumbias (talk) 20:49, 28 May 2017 (UTC)

Apologies, I did not mean to imply that any of these exercises was 'easy', only that, relatively speaking, this list is harder to deal with than the others for a couple of significant reasons. Elriana (talk) 22:15, 30 May 2017 (UTC)

Thank you for your observation. Some entries on the page have spent only one summer session - they should be removed. There are so many laureates who have spent one summer at various universities - for instance, Donald Glaser spent one summer at MIT. Those who have spent only one summer session at a university should be removed. Ber31 (talk) 06:15, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

- I agree. Summer attendees, employees and visitors are generally excluded. Students do not need to enroll in a university to attend the summer sessions. Summer employment is tricky, and only a few percentage can be really counted as "official".Minimumbias (talk) 20:49, 28 May 2017 (UTC)

I agree. Summer attendance is much less likely to be touted by the Universities themselves, and often not discussed in detail in biographies and accounts of Nobel recipients. In general, that makes it difficult to include here based on citation criteria alone. If we're trying to be fair, single summer session affiliation/residence/attendance should not be included for anyone because we can't include them for everyone because most do not consider such stints to be notable affiliations. The only exception I can think of is if a laureate him(/her)self credits one such stint as specifically leading to a breakthrough or long-term collaboration. But in the only cases I can remember where such a visit led to something significant, it also led to further affiliations with the same university in the future.Elriana (talk) 22:15, 30 May 2017 (UTC)

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