How to win a Nobel prize in Medicine
Do you dream that one day your name will be famous within the research community? Or that your scientific breakthrough will be so important that you win a Nobel prize? Laura and Jonathan Fishman find out what it takes to achieve these goals
- By: Laura M Fishman, Jonathan M Fishman
The Nobel prize, for most of us, conjures up images of lifelong fame, fortune, and fantastic living. But how do you attain one of these universally accredited awards? The only way to find out is to tap into the thinking processes of the great minds themselves. We went to the 53rd meeting of Nobel prize winners in medicine and physiology on the beautiful island of Lindau in Lake Constance, Germany. This provided an ideal backdrop for a gathering of 13 Nobel prize winners and about 500 medical students and young researchers from 36 countries around the world.
Since 1901, Nobel prizes have been awarded to “those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind” in accordance with the 1895 will of the Swedish inventor and businessman, Alfred Bernhard Nobel. In 1951, two doctors in Lindau set up a congress to encourage international scientific exchanges with Nobel