The 2009 Nobel Prizes

Explore the advances that earned this year's crop of Nobelists one of the world's most famous prizes--and in some cases, read about the prizewinning discoveries as chronicled by the researchers themselves in Scientific American. All told, 143 Nobelists have written 232 articles for the magazine.

Unraveling the Ribosome: Chemistry Nobel Awarded to Modelers of Cells' Protein-Maker [Update]

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath first determined how to image the ribosome, then revealed how it does its protein-making work


Nobel Prize in Physics Goes to Pioneer in Fiber Optics and Inventors of Digital Image Sensor [Update]

The three researchers paved the way for broadband telecommunications and the proliferation of digital photography


Work on Telomeres Wins Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 3 U.S. Genetic Researchers [Update]

Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak are recognized for research into telomeres--a key chromosome component--and the related enzyme telomerase


Obama's Nuclear Arms Agenda Helps Him Win 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Committee makes controversial choice by giving the nod to a sitting U.S. president in the midst of disarmament negotiations


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