Nobel Prize and Their Not So Noble Decision
Eighty-five-year-old Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, Robert Edwards, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine. He was awarded this coveted prize on Monday for work on In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) that he began in the 1950s. Patrick Steptoe, the gynecologist/surgeon that Professor Edwards worked with to develop the technique of fertilizing egg cells outside the human body and then implanting them in wombs for normal development, died in 1988.
Louise Brown, the first baby born in Britain through this revolutionary procedure is now 32, and since that momentous time in history, 4 million babies have been born with the help of IVF.
An incredible contribution that positively impacted such a large number of human lives had to wait for so many decades for acknowledgment—think of it! This, however, is not that uncommon in the academic world of science, economics, or literature. The list of great achievers who had to wait very long periods for that ultimate recognition is long indeed.
Now contrast that with President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. He won election on the slogan of change and the promise of ending the war in Iraq. To be fair to him, he did talk of new wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan during his campaign, but nobody seemed to have taken any notice of that. And before he completed his first year in office, he was given the Nobel Peace Prize.
I cannot understand what the Nobel Peace committee was thinking, showering a person with that coveted prize, who did not even promise peace to the world, nor demonstrated the intent with his actions!
Or, perhaps the more appropriate question should be, what were they smoking?