Helen Eassom
Helen Eassom
Author Marketing, Wiley

It’s that time of year again when we look to Stockholm, Sweden, and the announcement of the 2017 Nobel Prize winners. The Nobel Prize, awarded by the Nobel Foundation on an annual basis, celebrates outstanding achievement in chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, economics, literature, and peace.

 

Becoming a Nobel Laureate is an amazing accomplishment, and we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of the 2017 Nobel Prize winners the warmest of congratulations.

 

Wiley is incredibly proud and grateful to have published work by ten of this year’s Nobel Laureates in various journals and books.

 

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Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, awarded by the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institutet, went jointly to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young ‘for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm’.

 

Working with fruit flies, the Nobel Laureates isolated a gene controlling the normal daily biological rhythm, demonstrating that the gene encodes a protein that builds up in the cell overnight, and is then degraded during the day. Their work explains how the biological rhythms of multicellular organisms are synchronized with the Earth’s revolutions.

 

All three researchers have published in Wiley books or journals, and in 2013, they were jointly awarded the 12th Annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Rosbash has a chapter in Molecular Clocks and Light Signalling: Novartis Foundation Symposium 253. Both Dr. Rosbash and Dr. Hall have published in Bioessays, and Dr. Young has published work in various journals, including the Journal of Comparative Neurology and Developmental Neurobiology.

 

Nobel Prize in Physics

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, with one half going to Rainer Weiss, and the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne, ‘for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves’.

 

The universe’s gravitational waves were observed for the first time in September 2015, having taken 1.3 billion years to reach the LIGO detector in the US. LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) is a collaborative project involving over a thousand researchers from different countries. The 2017 Nobel Laureates have been credited as being invaluable to the success of this project, ensuring that gravitational waves were finally able to be observed.

 

The three winners are among the contributors to a recent cover and overview article in Annalen der Physik, ‘The basic physics of the binary black hole merger GW150914’. Dr. Thorne has also published in Annals of New York Academy of Sciences.

 

Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson ‘for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution’ the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureates are credited with moving biochemistry into a new era.

 

The development of cryo-electron microscopy simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules, allowing for a much greater understanding of life’s chemistry.

 

All three Nobel Laureates have published in a range of Wiley journals, including Bioessays, FEBS Letters, and the Journal of Electron Microscopy Technique, and have contributed chapters to reference works Encyclopedia of Life Sciences and Burger’s Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery. Henderson and Frank were also among the recipients of the 2016 Wiley Annual Prize in Biomedical Sciences.

 

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2017

This year’s Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences has been awarded to Richard H. Thaler (University of Chicago, IL, USA) ‘for his contributions to behavioral economics’.

 

Through the exploration of the consequences of limited reality, social preferences, and lack of self-control, Thaler has combined economics with psychology, demonstrating that these human traits affect individual decisions as well as market outcomes. His work has been highly influential in creating the new field of behavioral economics, which has had a far-reaching impact on economic policy.

 

Thaler has published in Wiley journals The Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. In addition, he was selected as a Fellow of the American Finance Association for his contributions to the field of finance.

 

Once again, we’d like to extend our congratulations to all of this year’s Nobel Prize winners!

 

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