Young and old, we can also be inspired by his sheer political courage. The two strengths came together in his brave but futile campaign to end attacks on civilians during the Algerian War, which he hoped would reduce suffering and might lead to dialogue.
This year, as the leaves fall, the winds cool, and the world prepares for the rituals of the season, we in America should recognize the role that immigrants have played in establishing the nation's scholarly preeminence.
Today I would like to honor two of my colleagues who did not win Nobel Prizes during their lifetimes, but who will always be health care revolutionaries whose dedication to their respective fields of research and the discoveries that came from their efforts have truly changed the way we all think about health and disease.
The tenet of science is that there is objective truth. Scientific truth is after all more enduring, while a scientist's fame can be fleeting.
I have long husbanded the conviction that the well-being of any animal is far more dependent on its nurture than on its nature. Its lifelong environmental encounters are much more determinative than its pedigree.
We need to draw lessons and inspiration from these achievements, but also be realistic that infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis cannot be consigned to the past. They remain a significant threat, particularly in today's mobile, interconnected and urbanised world.
Should the Nobel committee change their rules for awarding prizes so that either more theorists or the experimentalists could have shared it? Absolutely not!
Whether you're starting a career, or an investment account, the lessons of patience and persistence will always apply.
Although much of what Yale economist Robert Shiller writes is about the importance of financial markets, he won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for studying how financial markets misbehave. He is a pioneer in the new field of Behavioral Economics.
The mission of the "Alternative Nobel Prize" is "to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today."
In big and small ways, many thousands ARE working heroically right in our own cities here in the United States to help ameliorate violence, including the regions that are often called our own domestic "war zones."
Alice Munro's writing, like all great writing, teaches us to be human. It engages big questions in small spaces: What does it mean to be regional? What does it mean to be Canadian? What does it mean to be a mother? What does it mean to be betrayed?
Dr. Denis Mukwege is a noble man forging a path towards peace in Congo. If the fates see fit, he may also be a Nobel man.
Federal funding for research is drying up faster than a parched desert after a rain. Its continual deterioration provides a frightening view of our country's lost sense of priorities.
The lives of little people. We see them on the street, and, if we are curious, we wonder about their lives. Alice Munro does our homework for us -- she inhabits those lives. Her judgments are sure. And tough. And also... human.
It's Nobel Prize season! The three big science categories -- physiology or medicine, physics, and chemistry--were just announced on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Of the eight science winners, how many are women? Zero!