2009 EDSEL-Nobels

September 16, 2009 at 9:27 am | | EDSELs, science community

edsel_nobelTime for the 2009 EDSEL-Nobels. Just to clarify, these are not predictions for the real Nobel. Instead, they are relatively arbitrary awards given to great scientists.

This year’s criteria include: how many papers/books I’ve read from the scientists, whether I’ve seen them give a talk, and how they’ve contributed to a field I am interested in.

The 2009 EDSEL-Nobel Prizes go to Nicholas J. Turro (Columbia) and Josef Michl (Colorado) for their research and literary contributions to photochemistry.

I have used both their books (here and here) extensively in my own research. I had the pleasure of seeing an interesting talk by Turro last year and look forward to seeing Michl in a couple weeks at Stanford’s Johnson Symposium.


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  1. Can I have the EDSEL-Nobel Peace Prize for not burning it all down?

    Comment by kendall — September 16, 2009 #

  2. you still might. burn it all down, that is.

    Comment by sam — September 16, 2009 #

  3. The guy in the bunny suit told me to do it, so it’s okay.

    Comment by kendall — September 18, 2009 #

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