Tag: nobel prize

Johns Hopkins Scientists Didn’t Win Nobel, But They Know Some Guys Who Did



So the actual recipients of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics — the ones who get to get up on stage and shake the King of Sweden’s hand and collect that big check — are Francois Englert of the  Université Libre de Bruxelles and Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh. But that doesn’t mean that Johns Hopkins scientists don’t get at least a little credit for the discovery that snagged Englert and Higgs their prize; call it a partial Nobel, perhaps.

Hopkins Cancer Researcher Wins World’s Richest Academic Prize — and $3 Million



Nobel, schmobel:  those stingy Swedes only give away $1.4 million with their award. The real prize in the academic world is the new Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, which has a more boring name but a more exciting check:  $3 million, the largest academic prize in the world. So congrats to Johns Hopkins professor of oncology and pathology Bert Vogelstein, who’s one of this year’s winners.

Adam Riess Nobel Prize Photos (Featuring an Actual King!)


Our favorite local Nobel Prize winner, Johns Hopkins astrophysicist Adam Riess,  traveled to Stockholm to pick up his medal and diploma last weekend.  He got to wear a tuxedo and shake hands with the king of Sweden — excuse me, His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, king of Sweden in these great photos taken by his sister, Dr. Gail Saltz. 

Have you ever seen an actual Nobel Prize?  It looks a little like a New Age sympathy card, but with gorgeous calligraphy.  More photos here; watch Riess’s Nobel lecture here.



Hopkins Professor Wins Nobel Prize


Adam Riess, a Johns Hopkins astronomy and physics professor, got a 5:30 a.m. call giving him the news that he had just won the Nobel Prize in Physics.  Riess, 41, said several Swedish men were on the line, at which point he “knew it wasn’t Ikea” and his “jaw dropped.” He couldn’t believe he had won.

According to the Associated Press, Riess was one on a team of three scientists awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for discovering that the universe is expanding at a faster and faster rate. The other members of the team are fellow American Saul Perlmutter and U.S.-Australian citizen Brian Schmidt. Perlmutter heads the Supernova Cosmology Project at the University of California, Berkeley. Schmidt is the head of the High-z Supernova Search Team at the Australian National University in Weston Creek, Australia

Riess, who has an undergraduate degree in physics from MIT and a doctorate in astrophysics from Harvard, said he spends the last two classes of his introductory astronomy course at Hopkins talking about the discovery. He tells students that they are fortunate to have such an “exciting mystery” to help solve.

In 2008, Riess won a $1 million John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation “Fellowship Grant,” also known as a “genius grant.” That same year, he was among the 212 fellows elected to the 228th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2007, he shared The Peter Gruber Foundation’s Cosmology Prize – a gold medal and $500,000 — and in 2006, he won the $1 million Shaw Prize, considered by some to be “the Nobel of the East.” In 2009, Riess was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Riess, who lives in the Towson neighborhood of Stoneleigh, is the 35th person associated with Johns Hopkins University to win the Nobel Prize.