Guess the Nobel Prizes, redux

October 4, 2020 • 8:30 am

We didn’t get many entries in the “Guess the Nobel Prize” contest, with the prize being an autographed book with a special commissioned drawing by yours truly. To enter and see the rules, go to the earlier post and leave your guesses there (or below). (You have to guess one person who will win in the three science categories plus the literature prize.)

I have no guesses myself, but I already have plenty of books!

9 thoughts on “Guess the Nobel Prizes, redux

  1. I would love to get the book but I don’t understand anything about the Nobel prize 🙁 It’s even hard to find things on Google!
    I’ll have to wait for the World Cup…

  2. It might be helpful to know who was shortlisted, and a short explanation of the importance of their research. It is weird the Nobel committee does not do that.

  3. I can only have an even vague idea of the Physiol or Medicine Prize (tomorrow). Here’s what I tweeted:

    Nobel in Physiology or Medicine announced tomorrow morning. My choice: Svante Pääbo for his work on ancient DNA. Other, probably more popular and likely, option: Doudna-Charpentier-Šikšnys for CRISPR (but more complicated because so many involved – no one got a Nobel for mRNA…).

    – Matthew

  4. Other than literature, I don’t even have a guess. Need a name to guess. I still think Dylan was a lame choice. We’ll see this year if they pick a proper writer in the proper sense of things. Hell, Dylan didn’t want it or think he deserved it…learn from that at least.

  5. Pääbo would be a cool choice but my guess is that the Neandertal genome is insufficiently medical. Parenthetically noting, too, that his father, Sune Bergström, was Chair of the Nobel Foundation for over a decade, that probably would have no influence one way or another.

    But just to datestamp this in advance of the announcement, I’d be thrilled if Baldomero Olivera were to win for his long career on cone snail peptide toxins. My guess is that the therapeutics that have come from this work (eg Prialt – an exceptionally targeted painkiller that binds extraordinarily tightly to its receptor) are not used widely enough for him to be a contender, but his work should be known to at least one person on the Committee. He was Harvard’s Scientist of the Year in 2007, and has been in the US National Academy since 2009.

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