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  • Physics
    • Robert Millikan, 1920
    • Yuval Ne'eman, 1969
    • George Zweig, 1964, 1969, 1990

A quite relevant case left out: The Nobel Prize of Medicine not gained by Carlos Chagas, despite his unique work in the history of medicine (even for the present days). In 1909, he discovered, studied and described the whole infectious disease cycle for an important desease, which took his name: "Chagas desease".

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Clean Up - Emphasis[edit]

I believe the facts and contents are largely alright and should remain unaltered or let others add in relevant sources over time. Perhaps the expressions, styling, etc., can be tightened up a bit in the article so it reads smoothly and more like a good piece of encyclopedia. I also noticed that due to the hyperlink nature of wikipedia, attractive, potential hightlights (like words origin, study, topicality, instant updates to verify discussions floating 'in the air', at any one time, etc.) can indeed be included, and read—to enliven up the pages like no encyclopedia, serving the public instantly! Great Stuff and unique work by our wiki-contributors and editors here! Thank you! Yzphub 10:38 Jan 09, 2007.

2007 Controversy[edit]

Norway Should Apologize for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Irony[edit]

So its not controversial that the worlds most famous 'peace prize' was created by a man who invented dynamite, ran an arms company (bofors) and advanced cannon technology by leaps and bounds during his final years? Its disgusting hypocrisy that people accept Nobel prizes in the name of peace. The man killed people for profit. This article should include a section right at the start addressing this serious issue. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.42.246.140 (talkcontribs) 15:44, September 30, 2013‎

Police use guns. Will we include them in this section? Military? We'll ignore for now all the civilian uses for dynamite, civilian advances resulting from arms research and possible peace incentives resulting from superior military power. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.138.149.120 (talk) 00:31, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

Medicine 2010[edit]

The prize went to Robert Edwards for developing in-vitro fertilization. This made the Catholic Church hierarchy apoplectic. The Church objects to all artificial fertilization techniques, as well as to contraception. Goblinshark17 (talk) 01:26, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Chronology[edit]

The chronology of each controversy within sub-sections is in reverse order, displaying the most-recent controversy at the top of the list rather than the bottom. Is there a specific reasoning behind this format? Do any editors object to reformatting this to show this in standard chronological order? AldezD (talk) 13:17, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

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Omerbashich claim[edit]

It seems Bosnian crown prince Omerbashich (styles himself a king) is gaining some support for his counterclaiming 2012 physics Nobel, according to his blog here: A famed Nobel laureate for (quantum) physics Brian Josephson has agreed with king in a debate: there are too many coincidences in this Nobel Prize dispute case and the argon affinity (particlequake energy output) value matching king's gravitational resonance is indeed a remarkable coincidence (personal communication, 2013). Very interesting stuff. Also this: Both the Nobel Committee and Swedish Police have received an official report stating the facts, and proof beyond doubt that Wineland and Haroche used his discovery without permission or recognition. Did David Wineland and Serge Haroche Steal Idea For The Nobel Physics Prize? 31.185.124.151 (talk) 12:02, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

This claim has been pushed forward before diffdiffdiffdiff ......(sheeesh, way too many to list)....old talk, different IP, same claim. The multitude of one-edit IPs that come out of the woodwork to edit war every time this edit comes up probably points to one person spoofing IPs. One of the IPs was also used in a multiple IP edit war at Todd Hollenshead. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 22:03, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

His theory is quite amazing, afaict. 91.203.111.4 (talk) 14:07, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

On 10:49, 11 August 2016‎ 31.185.127.215 PUSH'ed this talk to the bottom of the page. Looks like an ongoing sock campaign. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 11:39, 11 August 2016 (UTC)
Nonsense. Section moved so that two External links modified sections that talk about same stuff could be grouped together. It's someone else (who started a new External links modified section and thus doubled content) that tried to bury the moved section. Was it you? It sure looks like now that you spoke. 31.185.127.215 (talk) 22:14, 11 August 2016 (UTC)

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Economics Controversy[edit]

The Economics Controversy section lists only mild objections --(1) some members of Nobel family object to it, and (2) Vast numbers of prizes have gone to the Chicago School, creating accusations of bias against heterodoxy. This is rather misleading. The controversy about the Economics Nobel prize is much larger than this, and documented by many reliable sources Following statements taken from Christian Science Monitor article, which cites many other sources:

1. "Calling this 'Nobel in Economics' perpetuates the fraud begun in 1969," wrote Christopher L. Simpson in a comment in The New York Times

2. "Feeling that the 'science' of economics lacked legitimacy, some Swedish bankers founded this prize and in wholesale commission of fraud named it after Alfred Nobel ("The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel" ) in order to gain for it the prestige that Nobel in his will, chose to reserve for physics, chemistry"

3. Swedish finance minister, Kjell Olof Feldt, who was also head of Sweden’s central bank, advocated abolishing the economics prize. Nobel’s descendants have done the same. "The economics prize has nestled itself in and is awarded as if it were a Nobel Prize," said Peter Nobel, Alfred's great-great-nephew, to a Swedish newspaper a decade ago. "But it's a PR coup by economists to improve their reputation".

ADDITIONALLY

4: Strong Bias in Nobel Awards towards free Market Economics: Out of the seventy six laureates that have been awarded ‘The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel,’ twenty eight have been affiliated to The University of Chicago. The world is really a small place when it comes to economics …

6: Strong Eurocentric Bias: Acknowledged economic turnaround miracles have been performed by economists in the East Asian Miracle economics. China's emergence from the bottom economy to near top world power strength has been engineered by Chinese economists. None of them have ever received Nobel Prizes.


The first paragraph of the Wiki entry states that the conditions for awarding the prize fulfil the same criteria as for other Nobels. THis has been strongly disputed. Many have contested that the winners have contributed to human welfare.

7: Bill Mitchell argues that One of the Nobel winners introduced the main idea of "search theory" == all unemployment is caused by people searching for jobs in inefficient ways -- in other words, people are unemployed because they want to be. This was the main point of break between Keynes and classical economists. Keynes argued that people CAN be involuntarily unemployed -- they dont have jobs even though they want them. Classical Economists and NOW Neo-classical economists, like another Nobel winner Lucas -- argue that all unemployment is a free choice. Everybody can get jobs whenever they want to, but they dont do so because they dont like the going wage rate. Using the Keynesian idea promotes Human Welfare by giving government the responsibility for full employment. The Nobel Laureates substantially contributed to the misery of the masses by promoting a theory that the unemployed are responsible for their own misery.

8: There has been a dramatic shift in the dominant macroeconomic thoeries among the academia. Before the 70's Keynesian ideas reigned supreme, and Chicago economists were dismissed as an eccentric minority with theories based on ideology rather than science. The Nobels were launched in 1969 to change this situation, and capture the prestige of the Nobel, and use it to enhance free market ideology. This strategy has been immensely successful. How the Nobel Prizes were launched to spearhead a revolution which brought neoclassical ideology to the fore has been documented in a book written by reputable economists: Avner Offer’s and Gabriel Söderberg’s' The Nobel factor: the prize in economics, social democracy, and the market turn (Princeton University Press 2016). Offer & Soderberg argue that the due to lack of scientific backing for modern economic theory, the Economics Prize is more akin to the prize for Literature rather than the hard sciences.

9: Lack of scientific value is evident from the dramatic failure of forecasts made by many Nobel Laureate Chicago School Economists. For instance Robert Lucas announced in a presidential address to the American Economic Association that Economists have solved the most important problem of preventing recessions, just a few years before the Global Financial Crisis created the Great Recession which continues to this day. Many have argued that the Chicago School theories were directly responsible for this crisis, since they prevented economists from seeing the possibility of collapse. Those who forecast it used theories not compatible with mainstream neoclassical orthodoxy and were ridiculed and dismissed. Many Chicago School Nobel Laureates were nominated for the Dynamite Prize -- awarded to economists most responsible for the Global Financial Crisis.

Asaduzaman (talk) 06:30, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Dylan[edit]

There has been some controversy about Bob Dylan. This has been largely unfair, but does this qualify for inclusion here?--Jack Upland (talk) 12:23, 8 April 2017 (UTC)