Time for 2014 Nobel Prize predictions. Actually, it’s a little early, but with Lasker Prize announcements, I just couldn’t wait. Here’s my track record:
- 2008: I said that it was obvious that Roger Tsien would win.
- 2009: I didn’t make a prediction
- 2010: I included Suzuki and Heck in my predictions.
- 2011: I failed miserably.
- 2012: I included Kobilka and GPCRs among my six predictions.
- 2013: I (and everyone else) correctly predicted that Higgs would win.
So here are my 2014 predictions:
Chemistry: Nanotechnology: Alivisatos, Whitesides, Lieber
Medicine: DNA/blotting: Southern, Jefferys, Burnette
Physics: Cloaking/nonlinear optics: Pendry, Harris
Peace: Ebola: Médecins Sans Frontières
Other and past predictions:
Biomolecular motors: Vale, Sheetz, Spudich, Brady
Unfolded protein response: Walter, Mori
Soft lithography and microfluidics: Whitesides, Quake
Chaperonins: Horwich, Hartl, Lindquist, Ellis
Polymers: Frechet, Matyjaszewski, Wang, Willson
Electrochemistry/bioinorganic: Bard, Gray, Lippard
Single-molecule spectroscopy: Moerner, Orrit
Solar: Grätzel, Nocera
DNA synthesis: Caruthers
Next-gen sequencing: Webb, Craighead, Klenerman, Church …
Super-resolution optical microscopy: Betzig, Hell, Zhuang, Hess
NMR and membranes:
Electron Transfer in DNA/Electrochemical DNA Damage Sensors: Barton, Giese, Schuster
Pd-catalyzed Alkyne/Alkene Coupling and Atom-Economy: Trost
Nuclear hormone receptors: Chambon, Evans, Jensen, O’Malley
Two-photon microscopy: Webb, Denk, Strickler
DNA microarrays: Brown
The Pill: Djerassi
T-cell receptor: Allison, Reinherz, Kappler, Marrack
Suggestions from others:
Quantum dots: Brus
Lithium-ion batteries: Goodenough, Whittingham, Yoshino
Optogenetics: Deisseroth, Zemelman, Miesenböck, Isacoff