On a tangent to the prize, the physics community is still reeling from yesterday’s revelations that a senior scientist with Cern (which has been an academic home to a fair few Nobel prize winners), gave a presentation in which he argued male scientists were being discriminated against, and that physics was “invented and built by men, it’s not by invitation.” Prof Alessandro Strumia of Pisa University has now been suspended.
Prof Anne-Christine Davis of Cambridge University, said: “His comments were absolutely outrageous. They are the sort of comments that people may have made decades ago but, coming in this day and age, I just don’t know what planet he lives on.”
Welcome to the Nobel prize for physics live blog
It’s that time again – the Nobel prize for physics is set to be announced at 10.45am. The nine million kronor (£770,000) prize is decided by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Last year’s prize was awarded to the trio of Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne for their work which led to the detection of gravitational waves: ripples in the fabric of spacetime, produced during violent events, such as the merger of black holes.
You can read more about last year’s prize, and the science it celebrates, here.