Before Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, 5 couples won Nobel honours

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14th October, 2019 09:34:49 printer

Before Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, 5 couples won Nobel honours

After India-born Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo became yet another couple to win the coveted Nobel Prize, the Nobel Committee released a "Partners in science" list to commemorate other power couples who had similarly made history by winning the prize in several other categories.

To celebrate the spirit of partnership, association and collaboration, the Nobel Committee released small snippets of history for the previous Nobel Prize power couples. "One without the other would not have gone as far as in combination," says the Nobel Committee, to commemorate the Nobel winners.

Among the Nobel power couples mentioned on the site are Gerty and Carl Cori, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1947, Marie and Pierre Curie, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1895, their daughter Irene Joliot-Curie and Frederic Joliot who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1935, Alva and Gunnar Myrdal, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982 and May-Britt and Edvard Moser, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2014.

Among the power couples, Marie Curie and Pierre Curie are perhaps the most well-known for discovering that minerals containing uranium emitted strong radiation.

Marie Curie, on being interested in the "uranium rays" made her husband Pierre set aside his own research and involve himself in Marie Curie's project, said the Nobel website.

Similarly, May-Britt and Edvard Moser won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2014 to discover our "inner GPS".

This time around, Abhijit Banerjee, 58, and Esther Duflo, 46, shared the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences for their "experimental approach to alleviating global poverty", along with Michael Kremer.


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