With the chemistry prize going to yet another biochemical topic, and with the second prize (after medicine) this year that involves a nucleic acid template, not everyone is happy with the Nobel comitee’s choice. Mitch at the Chemistry blog actually made a table about how badly chemists were denied. Ashutosh, on the other hand, notes that the structure of the ribosome – a catalyst, after all – is certainly a matter of chemistry.
I am with Ashutosh here – the ribosome research is an amazing piece of chemistry that fully deserves a Nobel prize. Nonetheless I’m not too happy about this choice. There is a whole periodic table to be explored by chemists, and it is simply not right that the CHNO-guys walk away with all the prizes.
Many people call for a makeover of the Nobel prizes. In an open letter a group of researchers called for at least one new prize, not just for the life sciences but also for climatology and the environment.
What do you think? Do we need a new Nobel?