Nobel prize: Where are the women?

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2017 Nobel season is still in progress, with the prices announced for peace and the economy.

But for the science that is done in this year and many in the scientific community noticed some similarities to the winners.

In the case of physics, the discovery of global headlines.

The prize was shared by three researchers for the 2015 evidence of gravitational waves breaking.

For chemistry, accepted by the Committee of the less published work on the development of a new microscopy technology, said the Nobel Committee, “moved, had the biochemistry in of a new era”.

For physiology or medicine, a team uncovered was honored to have a better understanding of our body clocks.

However, the science was quick to note that this year’s winners all had one thing in common.


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With prices often awarded, years, or even decades, after the discoveries of merit, you, it was an occasion to celebrate for the teams involved.

The Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees, said that the three physicists honored by the Nobel Committee were “outstanding individuals whose contributions were distinctive and complementary to”.

However, despite the suggestion by the wider recognition of this groundbreaking research, it is clear that many scientists feel that a change is necessary.


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Only 17 women have Nobel prize winners in the three science categories since the awards’ inception in 1901. There is no black-and-science-prize-winner.

Of the 206 laureates of physics Mayer (1963) are recognized, two were Göppert women, Marie Curie (1903) and Maria.

There are more men with the name Robert on the list of previous chemistry winners than female winners.


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Some researchers on Twitter has a Problem with the current criteria for the award of the Nobel prize. Each prize cannot be shared by more than three people, the award winners are nominated for this award posthumously, and the election proposal lists are confidential for 50 years.

Vera Rubin, Lise Meitner, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell were all called, also deserves a potential recipient of a prize in the past years.

Ruby’s death in the year 2016 means not to occupy their work on dark matter, believed that the majority of the mass in the universe, is now for the recognition.

Meitner’s long-term employees received the Otto Hahn of the chemistry prize for nuclear fission in 1944, not share, in spite of the nomination in earlier and later years.

Burnell and Chien-Shiung Wu, both physicists, also saw their colleagues to win that were not included for the research they had been working on, but.


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In view of the lifelong prestige of being a Nobel prize winner, the prize is a significant increase in all of the research career. The recognition can legitimize a life of work, and income from international recognition in a range in which the financing is very favorable.

But to strive for women in physics and chemistry, there are only a few precursors. Medicine is only slightly better, with 12 female winners.

Other prices, such as the literary fare often better in terms of gender equality, with previous winners including Alice Munroe, Doris Lessing, and Toni Morrison.

This year the literature prize went to a Japanese-British male author Kazuo Ishiguro.

To promote equal treatment initiatives such as Athena Swan and organisations such as the Stemettes work, and encourage women, the Nobels remain the most prominent glass ceiling in the world of science.

As part of this year’s 100 women challenge, a team in Silicon Valley, where women hold only one in 10 senior positions are looking for ways to combat the glass ceiling.

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