The Nobel Prize is the most prestigious award in all of science. The prize, given out as directed from Alfred Nobel’s will, is given in the fields of natural sciences in physics (a discovery or an invention), in chemistry (a discovery or an improvement) and in physiology or medicine (a discovery). In his talk, Erling Norrby describes the Nobel Prize selection process, and tells us stories he has learned from researching nominations, reviews, and notes from the Nobel Archives, which are kept secret for 50 years after the awards are made.
Erling Norrby was a professor of Virology for 25 years at the Karolinska Institute, the School of Medicine in Stockholm, and during these years he was heavily involved in the selection process for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He then served as Permanent Secretary at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for six… Continue Reading