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Heidelberg, 11 October 2011

Springer authors among Nobel Laureates

Prizes in medicine, physics, chemistry and economics awarded to nine outstanding scientists

All winners of this year’s Nobel Prizes in medicine, physics, chemistry and economics are Springer authors and editors. The nine scientists will receive their prizes in Stockholm, Sweden, at a ceremony on 10 December 2011, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. Each prize consists of a medal, personal diploma, and a cash award.
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann “for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity” and Ralph M. Steinman “for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity.” Dr. Steinman died three days before the Nobel Committee announced that he was a winner. Bruce Beutler is the editor of two volumes in the Springer book series Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology, Jules Hoffmann is co-editor of the book Innate Immunity (Humana Press), and Ralph Steinman is co-editor of a book in the series Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. All three scientists have written numerous research articles in Springer journals or chapters in Springer books.
Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess received the Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae.” Perlmutter, Schmidt and Riess have contributed many chapters to such Springer books as Dark Matter in Astro- and Particle Physics, Galaxies and their Masks and books in the series Lecture Notes in Physics.
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was given to Dan Shechtman “for the discovery of quasicrystals.” The Springer journal Structural Chemistry published an editorial in April 2011 about Shechtman’s work which led to the Nobel Prize. Various Springer journals such as Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A + B, Tribology Letters and the Journal of Materials Science have all published articles by Shechtman.
The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel goes to Thomas J. Sargent and Christopher A. Sims “for their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy.” Both Sargent and Sims have contributed articles to the Springer journals De Economist, Economic Theory and Computational Economics.
All together, Springer’s authors and editors include over 190 Nobel Prize winners in the fields of medicine, chemistry, physics, peace and economics.