Top 5 Nobel Prize searches

I was just venturing over to one of my all-time favorite website,, after I heard that a Firefox vulnerability led to a hacker attack on visitors to the site yesterday.

I use in my classes to give students perspective on the fundamental discoveries underlying their areas of study. The Nobel citations and lectures contain fascinating background material that is – most attractive to students – FREE! The resources there provide a unique window to the state of the science leading up to the discoveries and, depending on the laureate, an interesting human side to the work.

For example, we used the example in my virology class yesterday of Harald zur Hausen (2008, Medicine or Physiology) and his work on HPV genomic integration in HeLa cells to talk about viral transformation, E6 inactivation of p53, E7 inactivation of Rb, and a general discussion of the Henrietta Lacks story.

The site recently added a sidebar widget for the top 5 searches and I thought it telling as to who makes the list today:

I’m of two minds: part of me is encouraged but the other part of me is disappointed.

How about you?

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7 Responses to Top 5 Nobel Prize searches

  1. 28 and a PhD says:

    I agree with you. The site is a great tool for learning and reviewing what lead to some of the greatest discoveries ever. Also like you, I am encouraged and discouraged. Only one woman on the list, not a single recent scientific discovery and … the need for peace. Interesting indeed.

  2. Julie says:

    I just bookmarked it. Probably worth a thorough read.

  3. Chemjobber says:

    I suspect there are a lot of middle school book reports in those searches, but maybe I’m wrong.

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  5. Hans Mehlin says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words regarding our website. I can inform you that has NOT been hacked. It was the website of the Nobel Peace Prize that was hacked.

    Hans Mehlin
    Director of Technology

  6. Kea says:

    Hah, hah! One white man … and he was helped pre the annus mirabilis by his physicist wife. Good to know the world has moved on … even if academia has not.

    Unemployed female theoretical physicist

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