Nobel Prize Talks






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What you see depends on what you look for, and if you really open your eyes, something new may come into view. That was the case for Robin Warren, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, when he recognized bacteria living in the stomach. In this conversation he talks about the long time spent convincing the scientific community, and how, once the importance of the discovery was finally recognized, he got the Nobel Prize call from Stockholm while being served fish and chips in a pub in Perth together with his co-laureate Barry Marshall.

Direct download: 20._Robin_Warren._Physiology_or_Medicine_2005.mp3
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This conversation with Roger Kornberg, 2006 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, was recorded during the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative events in Gothenburg. Here he discusses the importance of language, the benefits of frequent failure, and how he developed the art of focusing deeply on a problem.

Direct download: 19._Roger_Kornberg._Chemistry_2006.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:21am EDT

The vast majority of experts agree that climate change is taking place and that human activity has a role to play. ”The risks are unacceptable”, says Mario Molina, awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995, who has chaired a new report on climate change. But the good news is that we can do something about it. In this conversation he talks about how they have worked with economists and professional communicators in order to clarify the message to the public and work towards a shift in public policy.

Direct download: 18._Mario_Molina._Chemistry_1995.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:53am EDT

As a student Martin Chalfie became convinced that science was not for him because he thought you had to be able to do everything by yourself. Now the 2008 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry enjoys spreading news of the social, collaborative joy of science to new generations. In this conversation he discusses the beauty of the scientific field of touch, why failed experiments mean making progress, and how playing the guitar is linked to discovery.

Direct download: 17._Martin_Chalfie._Chemistry_2008.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24am EDT

People age biologically at very different rates, according to Elizabeth Blackburn. In this conversation the 2009 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine discusses how her scientific discoveries concerning telomeres transform the way we look upon aging, and as longevity increases over time, how we can look upon the elderly as a resource. She also encourages us to open our eyes to the beauty of nature, and explains why working with a mixture of people from diverse backgrounds is one key to scientific and creative success.

Direct download: 16._Elizabeth_Blackburn._Physiology_or_Medicine_2009.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT

To master modeling is an art, says Eric Maskin. In this conversation recorded on location during a Nobel Media event in Rio de Janeiro, the 2007 Laureate in Economic Sciences explains how models can be applied to help tackle societal issues such as income inequality. He also talks about the beauty of mathematics, the importance of practicing his clarinet, and what it is like to live in Albert Einstein’s old house.

Direct download: 15._Eric_Maskin._Economic_Sciences_2007.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:58am EDT

She describes herself as "a grass roots activist". Jody Williams was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for bringing organizations and countries together to ban the use of land mines. Her focus is on the future, working to prevent the development of killer robots and supporting those fighting injustice through the Nobel Women’s Initiative. In this conversation she talks about how working together facilitates change, and why men should not simply remain quiet in the battle against rape.

Direct download: 14._Jody_Williams._Peace_1997.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:57am EDT

Something of a poster child for self-experimentation, Barry Marshall proved that peptic ulcers are caused by Helicobacter pylori by actually drinking down a dose of the bacteria himself. But how worried was he at the time? In this conversation the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine talks about his famous experiment, discusses risk-taking in science and suggests why your grandchildren will be smarter than you. He also reveals his skill with a yo-yo!

Direct download: 13._Barry_Marshall._Physiology_or_Medicine_2005.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:08am EDT

The battle against malaria is a long and arduous one. Peter Agre, 2003 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, is part of the worldwide community committed to that fight. Speaking from a research institute in Zambia, he expands on the challenging state of global health, the promising shift towards an increasing number of women engaging in scientific research, and why scientists need to get involved in politics.

Direct download: 12._Peter_Agre._Chemistry_2003.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35am EDT

2014 is the International Year of Crystallography. A major contributor to the field is Ada Yonath, 2009 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. In this conversation she talks about her life as a scientist and her hardworking childhood where there was never a spare minute. Yonath also discusses the pressing need for the development of new antibiotics, and why she is more fond of facts than predictions.

Direct download: 11._Ada_Yonath._Chemistry_2009.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am EDT