Why aren't Astronomers & Astrophysicsts awarded with Nobel Prize as much as scientists from other?
Branches of physics?
- Anonymous7 years agoBest Answer
Well, for one thing, there are only five categories in which Nobel prizes are offered. From Alfred Nobel's will:
"The whole of my remaining realizable estate shall be dealt with in the following way: the capital, invested in safe securities by my executors, shall constitute a fund, the interest on which shall be annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind. The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: one part to the person who shall have made the most important discovery or invention within the field of physics; one part to the person who shall have made the most important chemical discovery or improvement; one part to the person who shall have made the most important discovery within the domain of physiology or medicine; one part to the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction; and one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses. The prizes for physics and chemistry shall be awarded by the Swedish Academy of Sciences; that for physiological or medical work by the Caroline Institute in Stockholm; that for literature by the Academy in Stockholm, and that for champions of peace by a committee of five persons to be elected by the Norwegian Storting. It is my express wish that in awarding the prizes no consideration whatever shall be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the most worthy shall receive the prize, whether he be a Scandinavian or not."
So the 5 categories are:
--physiology or medicine
Astronomy, per se, isn't included. Cosmology & astrophysics has to compete w/all the other branches of physics for one yearly prize, & most of the current theories are just that -- theories -- that haven't been proved. So it makes it more difficult for them to be selected.Source(s): http://www.nobelprize.org/alfred_nobel/will/will-f... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Prize_in_Physic...
- bradtkeLv 43 years ago
Due to the fact the Nobel prizes are awarded founded on economic donations and most creationists are upright, no they in general would not have a number of Nobel prizes of their corner. Most Nobel prize winners have been Jews, nonetheless, and plenty of many Jews are, less conspicuously, creationists. There are on the whole more Nobel successful production scientists than you know. I would consider Francis Crick to be, in any case, a proponent of identification for the reason that he held rapid to the concept of Panspermia. Being planted here by way of highly evolved aliens begs the query of origins and requires simply as much religion as God. Bless up.
- TritonLv 47 years ago
Lack of data to validate new ideas.
It's easier to test a new theory when you can build a laboratory experiment around it. There's no stellar laboratory. And new good observational data is very expensive and slow to get compared with other branches of physics.