Our writers and editors name breakthrough advances and inventions that the Nobel Committee incomprehensibly overlooked.
Thomas Edison is famous for his lightbulb, but he never won a Nobel Prize.
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The annual ritual of Nobel Week is here, a period of frenzied anticipation and speculation that is the equivalent of March Madness for geniuses.
All this hype got the editors at National Geographic thinking: What remarkable discoveries haven’t won? In 2014, we asked our science editors, science writers, and select contributors to name their favorite advance or invention that was wrongfully denied a Nobel, and for the last three years, we’ve monitored these unsung innovations.
Here are our ten picks for discoveries and inventions that haven’t received a victory ceremony in Stockholm—but sorely deserve one…