Last updated 01/28/11
No Nobels have been awarded for work done at Dartmouth that we know of, but there are definitely Dartmouth connections to the Nobel Prize. Owen Chamberlain ’41 shared the Nobel in Physics in 1959; Dr. George Snell ’26 was a co-winner of the 1980 Nobel in medicine; and chemist K. Barry Sharpless ’64 was one of three co-winners of the 2001 Nobel Prize in chemistry. In addition, Elise Boulding, professor of sociology emerita and one-time Montgomery Fellow, was nominated for the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize.
Chamberlain and a colleague were honored for their discovery of the anti-proton, a negatively charged fundamental element of matter. They made their discovery at the University of California-Berkeley, where Chamberlain was a faculty member. Snell and two colleagues won the Nobel for their genetic discoveries that increased the success of tissue and organ transplants. At the time of the award, Snell was working at the Jackson Laboratory in Maine. Sharpless, the W.M. Keck Professor of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute, was one of three scientists honored for their work on stereoselective oxidation reactions.
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