The implications of educational and methodological background for the career success of Nobel Laureates : an investigation of major awards

Chan, Ho Fai & Torgler, Benno (2015) The implications of educational and methodological background for the career success of Nobel Laureates : an investigation of major awards. Scientometrics, 102(1), pp. 847-863.

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Nobel laureates have achieved the highest recognition in academia, reaching the boundaries of human knowledge and understanding. Owing to past research, we have a good understanding of the career patterns behind their performance. Yet, we have only limited understanding of the factors driving their recognition with respect to major institutionalized scientific honours. We therefore look at the award life cycle achievements of the 1901–2000 Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine. The results show that Nobelists with a theoretical orientation achieved more awards than laureates with an empirical orientation. Moreover, it seems their educational background shapes their future recognition. Researchers educated in Great Britain and the US tend to attract more awards than other Nobelists, although there are career pattern differences. Among those, laureates educated at Cambridge or Harvard are more successful in Chemistry, those from Columbia and Cambridge excel in Physics, while Columbia educated laureates dominate in Physiology or Medicine.

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ID Code: 78818
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online: 16 July 2014
Keywords: Nobel Prize, Nobel laureates, Awards, Recognition, Educational background, Theory, Empirics, Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine
DOI: 10.1007/s11192-014-1367-7
ISSN: 1588-2861
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Akademiai Kiado, Budapest, Hungary
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2014 23:56
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2015 01:42

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