The Surprising Outcomes Of Nobel Prize-Winning Discoveries

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A portrait of Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel can be seen on the speaker's desk at the Nobel Forum in Stockholm, prior to the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Medicine on Oct. 3, 2016. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

We may not find out what this year’s Nobel Prize winners really mean to our world until years from now. That is if the history of the prizes, especially in science, is any indication.

At least some of the time, winners in the past have studied something that may have seemed obscure then, but decades later, it ended up becoming essential to how we live our lives.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson explores the effect of past Nobel winners with Jeremy Berg, editor-in-chief of Science Magazine.


Jeremy Berg, editor-in-chief of Science Magazine. He tweets @jeremymberg.

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