Yesterday, the first of the six Nobel Prize announcements was held at the Nobel Forum at Karolinska Institute. Since we were unable to enter the hall, we watched the live stream of the announcement.
This year, the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine was shared among three scientists, Prof John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser. They were awarded for discovering the cells behind our ability to map our surroundings and be able to navigate and make our way in different environments. These cells are known as ‘place cells’ and ‘grid cells’ respectively. It is truly an interesting discovery made in the neuroscience field as it allows us to understand diseases affecting the neurosystem such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Today, the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”. Interesting fact was that the blue light or LED, as most of us know it as, was developed just 20 years ago.
Studying in Karolinska, the very place were the Nobel Prize announcements are made, has enhanced my interest and made me more intrigued about the Nobel Prize. It has provided me with the opportunity to be involved in the Nobel Night Cap (the after party of the Nobel Prize ceremonies organized by students) and even gave me the chance to speak to some of the Nobel Laureates last year.
I am looking forward to the upcoming announcements for Chemistry, Literature, Peace and Economic Sciences. More information is available on http://www.nobelprize.org/