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Prizewinners, No--But Not Losers

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Science  12 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5541, pp. 292-293
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5541.292

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Through misjudgment or design, a slew of discoveries that have shaped our world view--from the theory of relativity to the discovery of ancient human ancestors--were never recognized by the Nobel Prize committees. Some breakthroughs occurred in fields that the science prizes don't cover, other fields were long excluded by the selection committees, and sometimes a discoverer died before a committee could act.