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Web Date: October 10, 2011

A Sad Twist

Awards: Nobel Prize Foundation says prize will stand after recipient dies days before the announcement
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Nobel Prize, Steinman, medicine, physiology, rules

It’s typically winning scientists who get surprised by a phone call from the Nobel Prize Foundation, but this year the tables were tragically turned.

Just three hours after the foundation announced that one half of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine would go to Rockefeller University immunologist Ralph M. Steinman, the university’s president contacted the foundation to say that Steinman had passed away just three days prior.

After several hours of deliberation, . . .

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