Is the end in sight for US Nobel prize dominance? 16 May 2018
The US’s dominance in scooping Nobel prizes for work in the natural sciences could be nearing an end, according to a new analysis of previous winners. Carried out by physicist Claudius Gros from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, it also finds that the UK has won the most Nobel prizes per capita, with Germany coming second and the US a close third (R. Soc. Open Sci. 5 180167).
France’s low Nobel prize yield could be due to excellence in other areas. Gros points out that France has 12 Fields Medals - said to be mathematics closest analogue to a Nobel prize - compared to 13 for the US, and by far the highest per capita success rate.