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.
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.
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?
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.
April 13, 2000 |
A Nobel Peace Prize recipient will be among the speakers delivering keynote addresses at three commencement ceremonies May 24 at Rutgers-Camden. Jose Ramos-Horta, who was recognized in 1996 for trying to liberate East Timor from Indonesian control, will address graduates of the university's law school and receive an honorary doctor of law degree from Rutgers. Ramos-Horta shared the Nobel Prize with another countryman, Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo. Through their efforts, the international community became aware of human-rights violations by the occupying Indonesian military.
October 17, 1986 |
Strictly speaking, the Norwegian Nobel Committee bent the rules when it awarded the 1986 Peace Prize to the writer and human rights activist, Elie Wiesel. To be sure, the committee that bestowed this high honor upon one of the Auschwitz death camp's most widely respected graduates acted within practices that have existed for a number of years. Most recently, South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Poland's Lech Walesa, and the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came by their respective Peace Prize awards in recognition of their particular contributions to the ongoing struggles for human rights.
October 17, 1986 |
An American won the Nobel Prize for economics yesterday, and a Nigerian playwright, poet and novelist, Wole Soyinka, won the literature prize, the first African so honored in the 85-year history of the awards. James McGill Buchanan, 67, an advocate of firm rules to keep national budgets balanced, became the 14th American to win or share the economics award in its 18 years of existence. He is a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. "My feeling was one of total surprise and shock.