NOBEL PRIZE FOR ‘RUG CLEANING’?!

Ever heard the one about the Los Angeles rug cleaner?

Donald Cram’s work with chemicals tends mostly to mixing and applying rug shampoos for customers of his carpet cleaning business.

On Wednesday morning, the Altadena man picked up his telephone to learn that his work had won him the 1987 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

“Now, I do a good job on carpets, but this seemed a little excessive,” Cram said.

The transatlantic call from Stockholm at 6:10 a.m. was an embarrassing wrong number for the secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, who was trying to reach Dr. Donald J. Cram, 68, the UCLA chemistry professor who shared this year’s award for his research into artificial molecules.

A number of Physics Nobel Prizes were actually given out to ‘rug cleaners’. And this is no joke.

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Nobel Prize, Nobel Prize for Physics 1978 2006 2011, Big Bang Cosmology Nobel Prizes, Big Bang Cosmology Nobel Laureates, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Nobel Prize, Nobel Prize for Physics 1978 2006 2011, Big Bang Cosmology Nobel Prizes, Big Bang Cosmology Nobel Laureates, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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LIST OF NOBEL PRIZE FOR PHYSICS:
A tainted roster of history

LIST OF NOBEL PRIZE FOR PHYSICS:
A tainted roster of history

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Nobel Prize, Nobel Prize for Physics, Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize Committee for Physocs, Big Bang Cosmology Nobel Laureates, George Smoot and John Mather; Saul Permutter Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess, Frank Wilczek David Politzer and David Gross, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences


Nobel Prize, Nobel Prize for Physics, Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize Committee for Physocs, Big Bang Cosmology Nobel Laureates, George Smoot and John Mather; Saul Permutter Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess, Frank Wilczek David Politzer and David Gross, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Considering that the Nobel Prize is irrevocable and that the prizegivers can engage in no comments or discussions for 50 years from the year of award, it an abiding mystery why screeching brakes were not applied to this runaway spectacle for over three decades. Quite the contrary. The anointing proceeded most enthusiastically.

Do not forget that the entire membership of the Academy particiated in this.

References

For the 1978 Nobel Prize, go here and read Chapter IV-1
For the 2006 John Mather Nobel Prize, read this
For 2006 George Smoot Prize, read this.
For the 2011 Perlmutter, Riess and Schmidt Nobel Prize, read this.

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One Response to “NOBEL PRIZE FOR ‘RUG CLEANING’?!”

  1. lacarpetcleaningtoday Says:

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