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E. Thomas Strom and Vera V. Mainz (eds): The posthumous Nobel Prize in chemistry. Volume 1. Correcting the errors and oversights of the Nobel Prize committee

American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 2018, 367 pp
  • Istvan HargittaiEmail author
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The Nobel Prize has an extraordinary prestige and, accordingly, its omissions are conspicuous, and they make always a popular topic for discussion [1]. The present volume considers 11 cases of omission, ten individuals: Dmitry I. Mendeleev, Henry G. J. Moseley, Herman Mark, Gilbert N. Lewis, Wallace Carothers, Christopher Ingold, Evgeny K. Zavoisky, Louis P. Hammett, Neil Bartlett, and Howard E. Simmons, Jr., and the three authors of the B.E.T. equation: Stephen Brunauer, Paul H. Emmett, and Edward Teller. The Nobel Prize has a watershed effect; those who receive it are immortalized, those who did not often disappear in oblivion even if their contributions to science may be comparable to those recognized by the award. In this review only a few of the 13 chapters that include two overview chapters, will be singled out for comments.

Dmitry I. Mendeleev (Fig. 1) and his Periodic Table of the Elements is an example of missing Nobel recognition. His absence from the Nobel roster is more a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Inorganic and Analytical ChemistryBudapest University of Technology and EconomicsBudapestHungary

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