October 14, 2012 |
LONDON - While some Europeans swelled with pride when the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, howls of derision erupted from the continent's large band of skeptics. To many in the 27-nation bloc, the EU is an unwieldy and unloved agglomeration overseen by a top-heavy bureaucracy devoted to creating arcane regulations about everything from cheese to fishing quotas. Set up with noble goals after the devastation of World War II, the EU now appears to critics to be impotent amid a debt crisis that has widened north-south divisions, threatened the euro currency and plunged several members, from Greece to Ireland to Spain, into economic turmoil.
May 17, 2012 |
On a summer's day in 1943, a young scientist at Rutgers discovered an antibiotic that would change millions of lives. But Albert Schatz, who died in West Mount Airy in 2005, was denied credit. His name never appeared on the Nobel Prize given for that work. That's the little-known story told in Peter Pringle's new book, Experiment Eleven: Dark Secrets Behind the Discovery of a Wonder Drug (Walker & Company, 269 pp., $26). And there's a widow who remembers, and a grandson conquering cerebral palsy to create a documentary film honoring his wronged grandfather's work.
October 6, 2011 |
STOCKHOLM - Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for a discovery that faced skepticism and mockery, even prompting his expulsion from his research team, before it won widespread acceptance as a breakthrough. While doing research in the United States in 1982, Shechtman discovered a new chemical structure - quasicrystals - that researchers previously thought was impossible. He was studying a mix of aluminum and manganese in an electron microscope when he found the atoms were arranged in a pattern that appeared contrary to the laws of nature.
October 23, 2013 |
Lawrence R. Klein, 93, of Gladwyne, a University of Pennsylvania economics professor who won a Nobel Prize and was considered the father of modern economic forecasting, died Sunday, Oct. 20, of a heart ailment at his home. Dr. Klein, who observed both the Depression and the post-World War II boom, influenced many of the current generation of economic forecasters by developing models in the 1950s and 1960s. Many of the economic forecasts taken as commonplace today - such as the effect of interest rates on economic growth - exist because of Dr. Klein's innovations, say economists.
May 15, 2012 |
Home By Toni Morrison Alfred A. Knopf. 147 pp. ($24) Reviewed by Amy Driscoll Mention Toni Morrison's name and the superlatives follow. Nobel Prize. Pulitzer Prize. This spring, she'll add Presidential Medal of Freedom winner to the list. But in her new book, a slim volume titled simply Home that Morrison will discuss Friday night at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the power comes not from the world-famous author's name printed on the cover but from the story within.
January 5, 2012
The Deleted World Poems By Tomas Tranströmer Versions by Robin Robertson Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 64 pp. $13 paperback. Reviewed by John Timpane Why wouldn't you buy this book? Thirteen bucks. Exactly 15 poems on 37 pages, plus a short introduction. Less than a dollar a poem, people, to be introduced to the latest Nobel Prize in Literature!? Most of the poems are 20, maybe 30 words long. I realize poems scare the lightning out of people, but really, can we be serious?
May 18, 2003 |
Faculty, administrators, moms, dads, friends, trustees, graduates, I am honored and extremely puzzled to be here speaking to you on the occasion of your matriculation into chaos. When you graduated from high school, someone said something like this: "You are the sparkly-eyed hope of all our future tomorrows. You can be or do anything you can dream of being or doing. So dream big. Be great. Cure the world. " You're probably expecting to hear something like that again today.
October 11, 1990 |
Octavio Paz, whose lyrical poetry explores the loneliness of man and draws on the rich imagery of Mexico's landscape, won the Nobel Prize in literature today. Paz, 76, also has written many distinguished essays critical of Mexican society, which have angered both the right and the left in his homeland. The Nobel Academy cited Paz for "impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity. " Paz, who wrote during a 25-year diplomatic career, also was praised for his "wide international perspective.
December 11, 1987 |
Costa Rican President Oscar Arias received the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize yesterday and said he hoped that it would strengthen the Central American peace plan for which it was awarded. Arias called on the United States and the Soviet Union to let Central Americans resolve their own problems. "In the name of God, at least they should leave us in peace," he said. "We cannot require sovereign states to conform to patterns of government not of their own choosing. But we can and do insist that every government respect those universal rights of man that have meaning beyond national boundaries and ideological labels," Arias said.
December 5, 2008 |
A smart aleck-y kidnapping caper that whooshes around to a thumping electronic beat, Nobel Son offers quotes from Ogden Nash and Pat Benatar, deploys a highfalutin synonym for cannibalism (anthropophagy), offers a movie-long commercial for the Mini Cooper, and features a hot candlelit sex scene on an apartment roof. It's not boring, even if it's too gimmicky for its own good. Directed by Bottle Shock's Randall Miller, Nobel Son stars Alan Rickman, camping it up as the monstrous Eli Michaelson, an ill-mannered, arrogant college professor who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry.