Guess Who’ll Win A Nobel Prize, Win An 8GB iPod Touch

The following is an announcement from my friends at

Next Monday, the Nobel Foundation will announce the winner(s) of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In the following two days, two more Nobels will be revealed: in Physics and in Chemistry. Because of the success of last year’s inaugural Guess-A-Nobel Contest, we decided we’ll repeat this event annually until there is no more science worthy of the prize. This year we’re giving out three 8GB Apple iPod Touch devices to those who correctly guess in each of the three science categories. Because we profile a good deal of apps for the iPhone/Touch platform, we thought this might be a useful tool beside all the fun it can provide on the off time. Furthermore, if someone does manage to guess all three correctly, he or she will be getting the souped-up 64 GB version of the iPod device with all the trimmings.

Here are the rules of the game:

1. Anyone can enter by writing a comment to this post. Please make sure you leave your email address in the form so we can get in touch with you. Your entry will be invalid without a proper email.

2. Identify either the scientist(s) or discoveries in Medicine, and/or Physics and/or Chemistry, for your chance to win an iPod.

3. If we have multiple people who guessed correctly, the winner in each category will be chosen randomly. The lucky person who guesses all three will automatically win.

4. If a winner lives outside the US, Canada, or EU, instead of sending the prize, we’ll transfer an equivalent amount of ca$h via a PayPal account.

5. Deadline for entries is Midnight Pacific Standard Time on Saturday Oct. 3, 2009 AD

Good luck to all!

Please enter your best guesses at

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12 thoughts on “Guess Who’ll Win A Nobel Prize, Win An 8GB iPod Touch

  1. BigHeathenMike says:

    I’ll guess…Elizabeth Blackburn for the physiology or medicine prize. That’s all I have. Booo…I need to read more science.

  2. Linus Pauling for proving that vitamin C has no effect on the common cold. I was gonna say: posthumous for proving that vita C causes prostrate cancer, but that would be in poor taste.

  3. Laurel says:

    Elizabeth Blackburn, Michael Gratzel, Peter Zoller.

  4. Joe says:

    Laurel, if you are serious you posted at the wrong place.

    I’ve lost interest in the Nobels, waiting by the phone in the early hours of the morning every October became too tiresome.

  5. Matt says:


    Nobel prizes are not given posthumously.

  6. Anne B says:

    Joe, if you’ve lost interest in the Nobels, you should know that the Ig Nobel ceremony is taking place this evening. They’re having a contest, too — “win a date with a Nobel laureate.” Live webcast info is here:

    Sorry for derailing.

  7. Danio says:

    *anyone but Bill Maher*anyone but Bill Maher*anyone but Bill Maher*

  8. Pekka S says:


  9. SandSack says:

    Peter Zoller with Juan Ignacio Cirac for physics, Michael Gratzel for chemistry and Elizabeth Blackburn for medicine

  10. Laurel says:

    Sorry to clutter up the comments. I figured it out and posted that where it belongs.

  11. Geekoid says:


    MICHAEL GRÄTZEL – Chemistry


  12. Ed Whitney says:

    Must note that Elizabeth Blackburn resigned (or was fired) from the farcical “President’s Council on Bioethics” several years ago, protesting its being influenced by the political agenda of the Bush administration.
    Get a load of that, Leon Kass!

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