Inertia of physics in Nobels

October 15, 1999

Physicists lag behind other British academics in winning Nobel prizes. It is 22 years since a British scientist won the Nobel prize for physics. In economics and medicine, it is three and six years respectively. Chemistry had winners in 1996, 1997 and 1998; and Sir William Golding was the last literature laureate in 1983. See People, page 11

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