UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Nobel Debate in Nature

14 June 2013

Jack Stilgoe was quoted in a feature in Nature this week, talking about the recent proliferation of new prizes for science. The article was sceptical of the importance of such prizes. Here's what Jack says  “The suspicion is that these provide more benefit to the egos of the founders than to science… The idea that anyone would make a career choice based on the minuscule chance of winning, say, a Nobel, is ridiculous. Scientists, on the whole, are not in it for the money — and I am not sure we should want them to be…The prizes reinforce the mythology of science in which lone geniuses come up with brilliant ideas on their own.”

Jack doesn't expect to be winning one of these prizes any time soon…

Nature News feature: The New Nobels, 12 June 2013