Navigating the Nobels

October 6, 2014

This morning in Stockholm, Anglo-American John O’Keefe and Norwegian couple May‐Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work in discovering the cells that comprise the brain’s inner GPS, making it possible for us to orient ourselves in space.

In 1971 O’Keefe discovered “place cells” which became active whenever a rat was in the same place in a room. The Mosers’ 2005 discovery of “grid cells” that complimented O’Keefe’s work helped us understand how humans know where they’ve been, where they are, and where they’re going.

As this Reuters graphic shows, the Mosers become the 12th and 13th Norwegians to receive a Nobel, while the dual-citizen O’Keefe’s win marks the 100th time a Nobel has been awarded to a Briton, and the 255th time for an American—more than the next three countries combined.

The Nobel’s GPS, it seems, may be predisposed to find its way to the U.S.

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On a per capita basis, Netherlands is truly outstanding.

Posted by DrvandenBerg | Report as abusive

Note that most US Nobel Prizes were awarded after WWII, whereas Germany won most prizes before WWII. There is a reason for that.

Read more here:
http://brainmindinst.blogspot.com/2012/0 9/the-value-of-phd-mind.html

Posted by PeterMelzer | Report as abusive