Nobel Prize Controversies 

This article pertains to October 2015.

Nobel Prizes for this year are on. Already the prize for medicine has already been announced to William C. Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura and Tu Youyou on nature based medicines. Prizes in other categories will be announced one by one.

There had been times when Controversies arose over the prizes. Following is the list of some controversial prizes.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Henry Kissinger

Peace prize to Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, in 1973 is considered as the most controversial. Two members resigned from committee in protest.

Milton Friedman

Economics prize to Milton Friedman in 1076 for his work on free markets. His association with Chilean dictator Pinochet irked the protesters.

Barrack Obama

When Barack Obama received peace prize in 2009. He was less than a year in office. Judges noticed even Obama was not too enthusiastic about it.

Jules Hoffman, Bruce Beutler, Ralph Steinman

Medicine prize to Jules Hoffman, Bruce Beutler, Ralph Steinman in 2011. This prize would have been uncontroversial except for the fact that Steinman had died a few days earlier the prize was announced. Controversial point was that it cannot be given posthumously and committee made the exception saying they were not aware of his death.

Mahatma Gandhi

And Nobel Prize for Mahatma Gandhi that never was. There is hardly anyone in the world who doesn’t know his contribution towards non violence. In fact he was the founder of this movement. He was nominated 5 times for the but never won. This again may be due to pressure from the powerful nation. The Nobel committee has since realized the biggest blunder they have committed. His non violence movement has in fact become guiding star for people such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. In 1989 when peace prize was given to Dalai lama the chairman of committee paid rich tributes to Gandhi.

3 thoughts on “Nobel Prize Controversies ”

    1. Dear Madam
      There is a rule that the Nobel cannot be given posthumously. That is why there was controversy in Medicine prize mentioned in the list because one of the researchers had died only days before the announcement. But in that case the committee excused itself by being unaware of the death. And that is why the chairman of committee regretted about the mistake they made in case of Gandhi. Anyway people all over world recognize his contributions and that is more than Nobel.

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