to a survey done by Scientific American (July 2012), there has been a majority shift of Nobel Prize awards from
European recipients to American recipients. The author cleverly titles the article "Medal Migrations" (metal
migration - get it?). This would make me proud as an American except that I know the selection process has been
greatly politicized*. The graphic also includes trends in awards according to
gender and age (average age increasing significantly, youngest is 25 years old, oldest is 103!). The institution
with the most affiliated members is Harvard with 27.
* To wit,
B.H. Obama received the
Peace Prize for having done absolutely nothing (boasts of personally-selected drone "kill lists"), and
A.A. Gore received the
Peace Prize for work on climate change (he said the earth's internal temperature is "several million degrees").
Truly deserving contenders, maybe from the U.S. and maybe not, have been denied due recognition for their lives'
works because of political agendas. It's kind of like Libya being elected as head the the
Human Rights Commission. Sorry, but that's the way it is.