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Brazil Lobbies for First Nobel

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Science  27 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5432, pp. 1346
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5432.1346

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RIO DE JANEIRO-- Brazil's science community has begun an unusually visible campaign to promote the Nobel Prize candidacy of Otto Richard Gottlieb, a revered figure in that country, for his contributions to the study of biodiversity and plant chemistry. But the effort is a long shot. In addition to the difficulty of touting someone from the developing world working in a relatively obscure field, Gottlieb's advocates are up against the secretive world of the Nobel selection process.