It is known that the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet (KI) is responsible for the huge task of selecting awardees for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine each year. It has been a while since the 2014 Nobel Prize winners are announced. Here at KI it is a tradition to have lectures by the Nobel laurates, as part of the Nobel Week program. I have been waiting this day with enormous eagerness since I heard the news. It is good that the day has come and I become able to attend this historic lecture.
As you might be already well aware, the 2014 Physiology or Medicine Nobel Prize winners are three prominent professors: John O´Keefe (London University College) and May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser (both from Norwegian University of Science and Technology). They won the Nobel Prize ‘for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain’. It is not easy for me to discuss it but I have understood that it has become possible to explain how our brain knows where we are and how we it selects the appropriate path to go from one place to another.
Though I do not have the exact statistics of the attendees, it seems clear that there were a lot of people from all over the world, who just came to attend the lecture. However, I am quite impressed to meet high school students who came with a Malaysian group of attendees. They told me a governmental institution from their country sponsored their participation. In my opinion, this is a very thoughtful deed and a lesson for other similar organizations. I think it would not be very difficult for an organization or a society to produce several Nobel Prize winners if job is done early like this example.
A significant portion of the discussions in the laureates’ presentations was about other individuals’ work in the field before them. This is a very practical example that shows the fact that one needs to stand on the shoulders of some other people to step forward in life. Then it is appropriate to give credit for the work of those people just like the laureates did.
Thank you to Md Shajedur Rahman Shawon and Ratish Rahman to let me use their pictures.