the simpsons have their own nobel predictions

September 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm | | nerd, news, nobel, science and the public, science community

This was on The Simpsons last night:

(the screenshot is from 1 min 22 sec on Hulu)

I may update my predictions to reflect the venerated opinions of cartoon writers.

By the way, seeing my PhD advisor and a member of my dissertation committee listed on The Simpsons feels really strange.

(My/our real predictions are here.)


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  2. Too funny. I love that the writers went the extra mile and did their homework when they could have easily just made names up.

    Comment by Paul — September 27, 2010 #

  3. Ben Feringa?

    Comment by Jeremiah — September 27, 2010 #

  4. Huh — maybe they thought Feringa was also a funny name?

    Sonogashira! Someone IS doing their homework…

    Comment by Chemjobber — September 27, 2010 #

  5. I have to agree… Feringa? He has done a lot in proteomics but really? Clearly the writers are aiming for for geeks in the audience ;-)

    Comment by dr. smalls — September 28, 2010 #

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  7. yea…..i agree with Simpsons prediction!!!………Prof. Ben L Feringa deserve to get Nobel Prize for his pioneer work in Molecular Machines.

    Comment by Ashoka — September 29, 2010 #

  8. I would like to comment on Dr. Smalls.
    Prof. Dr. B.L. Feringa hasn’t done a lot in proteomics. He is an organic chemist and is active in a lot of fields. He is most famous for his phosphoramidite ligands, conjugate additions using Zn and MgBr reagents, asymmetric hydrogenations and (like Ashoka said) he is a true pioneer in Molecular machines (light driven motor)
    So please Dr. Smalls before saying the writers looked for a geek, do your homework like the writers did.
    Here is a nice paper for you:
    Teichert, J.; Feringa, B. (2010). “Phosphoramidites: Privileged Ligands in Asymmetric Catalysis.”. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) 49 (14): 2486–2528.

    Comment by WoodyWeedPecker — September 29, 2010 #

  9. but a nobel prize.. seriously?
    no way. I’m sorry, but I don’t buy Nobel Prize Winner for feringa..
    on the other hand, it would be nice to see a real chemist get it again ;)

    Comment by grubber — September 30, 2010 #

  10. @ Grubber:

    I’m not saying he should win it this year. I only wanted say that Dr. Smalls was not right saying he worked in proteomics.
    I agree with you that a real chemist should win the Nobel Prize this year. My personal favorites are Heck, Suzuki and Sonogashira (or Negish? or Hartwig?) all for their Pd-couplings. They should be recognized for these very useful contributions to organic synthesis in the lab and also in the chemical industry.

    Comment by WoodyWeedPecker — September 30, 2010 #

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  12. Bill Odenkirk, longtime writer for the Simpsons, is a PhD chemist ( I’ve always thought that this is why Burns bears such a strong resemblance to Lippard.

    Comment by Lola — September 10, 2011 #

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  16. Well, now Moerner got it :)

    Comment by FX — October 8, 2014 #

  17. Well, now Feringa got it too :)

    Comment by Nathalie K. — October 5, 2016 #

  18. Yup! Like Simpson, WoodyWeedPecker, I and many others said already in 2010

    Comment by Ashoka — October 5, 2016 #

  19. […] UPDATE: Turns out the Simpsons were right once again… […]

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  20. Eat it up grubber and co. Guess who got a nobel prize for molecular motors :)

    Comment by Mooi Niet — October 5, 2016 #

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