One week from today — on Monday, October 8 — the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden will begin to award this year’s Nobel Prizes.
Nobel Week is a pretty exciting time on campus, since a current or former MIT faculty member or alum has won a Nobel every year since 1993.
So this year, just for fun, I’m doing a poll. Which MIT professor is your pick to win a Nobel Prize this year?
The “nominees” come from the Thomson Reuters list of Citation Laureates (which has been a reasonable predictor of winners). Here they are, in alphabetical order, listed with the Nobel they might win and why they might win it:
|Alan Guth (Physics)
On the blogs: “My advisor won $3 million“
|Jerry Hausman (Economics)
Econometrics / Hausman test
|Bengt Holmstrom (Economics)
Theory of the firm | Contracting and incentives
On the blogs: “Holmstrom, et al.“
|Richard Hynes (Medicine)
|Eric Lander (Medicine)
Human genome mapping
On the blogs: “Eric Lander, spring rolls, and the New York Times“
|Robert Langer (Medicine)
Drug delivery systems | Tissue engineering
On the blogs: “Rubbing elbows“
|Stephen Lippard (Chemistry)
Bioinorganic chemistry / Metallointercalators
|Stephen Ross (Economics)
Arbitrage Pricing Theory
|Robert Weinberg (Medicine)
On the blogs: “Profiles in Courage“