• Question: when are you going to win the nobel prize?

    Asked by ToriFairbairn1 to Andy, Chris on 18 Mar 2016.
    • Photo: andy chapman

      andy chapman answered on 18 Mar 2016:

      I believe that will be the same day when I look out of my 3rd floor office window and see a large pig flying.

      I think I need to do at least 20 years of a research career before I could ever hope for this, but you never know, discoveries happen all the time. However, a lot of the prizes are awarded due to the impact they have had, and impact takes time. Especially these days..Need to win this competition first!

    • Photo: Christopher Blanford

      Christopher Blanford answered on 18 Mar 2016:

      Hey ToriFairbairn1

      Dang, Andy beat me to the witty comment.

      I don’t think I’m likely to get a Nobel Prize because I do such applied science. I wondered if I could win a Kavli Prize some day for some of the nano work I do. Kavli’s like the Nobel Prize, but in some fields that aren’t covered by the Nobel Prize like neuroscience, astrophysics and nanotech. These didn’t really exist 100 years ago. There’s also a bit of country rivalry. Sweden hands out the Nobel prizes and Norway does the Kavli one.