Imperial College London nobel prize winners

By | 16th June 2017

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Imperial College London nobel prize winners

List of Nobel laureates affiliated with Imperial College London

Fifteen Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Imperial College London. The building pictured is the Royal School of Mines.

The Nobel Prizes are awarded annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Karolinska Institute, and the Norwegian Nobel Committee to individuals who make outstanding contributions in the fields of chemistry, physics, literature, peace, and physiology or medicine.[1] They were established by the 1895 will of Alfred Nobel, which dictates that the awards should be administered by the Nobel Foundation. Another prize, the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, was established in 1968 by the Sveriges Riksbank, the central bank of Sweden, for contributors to the field of economics.[2] Each prize is awarded by a separate committee: the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awards the Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, and Economics, the Karolinska Institute awards the Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and the Norwegian Nobel Committee awards the Prize in Peace.[3] Each recipient receives a medal, a diploma and a cash prize that has varied throughout the years.[

Imperial College London nobel prize winners

In 1901, the winners of the first Nobel Prizes were given 150,782 SEK, which is equal to 7,731,004 SEK in December 2007. In 2008, the winners were awarded a prize amount of 10,000,000 SEK.[4] The awards are presented in Stockholm in an annual ceremony on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel’s death.

As of 2009, there have been 15 Nobel laureates affiliated with Imperial College London. Imperial College considers laureates who attended the university as undergraduate students, graduate students or were members of the faculty as affiliated laureates.[6] Frederick Gowland Hopkins, who attended the Royal School of Mines from 1881 to 1883, was the first Imperial College-affiliated laureate, winning the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1929.[7]One Nobel Prize was shared by two Imperial College laureates; Ernst Boris Chain and Alexander Fleming won the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.Thirteen of the fifteen Imperial College laureates were members of the faculty.

Nine laureates were fellows of the college. No Imperial College laureate has won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel Peace Prize, or the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Imperial College London nobel prize winners

Laureates

YearImageLaureateRelationCategoryRationale
1929Frederick Gowland Hopkins nobel.jpgFrederick Gowland Hopkins
(shared with Christiaan Eijkman)
Student, Royal School of Mines, 1881–1883Physiology or Medicine“for his discovery of the growth-stimulating vitamins”[7]
1937George Paget Thomson.jpgGeorge Paget Thomson
(shared with Clinton Davisson)
Professor of Physics 1930–1952; Fellow of Imperial College, 1955Physics“for their experimental discovery of the diffraction of electrons by crystals”[9]
1945Ernst Boris Chain 1945.jpgErnst Boris Chain
(shared with Alexander Fleming and Howard Florey)
Professor of Bacteriology, 1928–1948, St Mary’s Hospital Medical SchoolPhysiology or Medicine“for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infectious diseases”

Imperial College London nobel prize winners

1945Faroe stamp 079 europe (fleming).jpgAlexander Fleming
(shared with Ernst Boris Chain and Howard Florey)
Professor of Bacteriology, 1928–1948, St Mary’s Hospital Medical SchoolPhysiology or Medicine“for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infectious diseases”[8]
1948Blackett-large.jpgPatrick Blackett, Baron BlackettProfessor of Physics, 1953–65; Fellow of Imperial College, 1967Physics“for his development of the Wilson cloud chamber method, and his discoveries therewith in the fields of nuclear physics and cosmic radiation”[10]
1956Cyril Norman Hinshelwood Nobel.jpgCyril Norman Hinshelwood
(shared with Nikolay Semenov)
Senior Research Fellow Imperial College, 1964–1967Chemistry“for their researches into the mechanism of chemical reactions”[11]
1963Andrew Fielding Huxley nobel.jpgAndrew Huxley
(shared with John Carew Eccles and Alan Lloyd Hodgkin)
Fellow of Imperial College, 1980Physiology or Medicine“for their discoveries concerning the ionic mechanisms involved in excitation and inhibition in the peripheral and central portions of the nervecell membrane”[12]
1967George Porter Nobel.jpgGeorge Porter
(shared with Manfred Eigenand Ronald George Wreyford Norrish)
Visiting Professor, Department of Biology 1978–2002; Fellow of Imperial College, 1987Chemistry“for their studies of extremely fast chemical reactions, effected by disturbing the equilibrium by means of very short pulses of energy”[13]
1969Derek Barton
(shared with Odd Hassel)
Professor of Organic Chemistry, 1957–1978; Fellow of Imperial College, 1980; Emeritus Professor, 1978Chemistry“for their contributions to the development of the concept of conformation and its application in chemistry”[14]
1971Dennis GaborProfessor of Electron Physics, 1958–67; Fellow of Imperial College, 1970Physics“for his invention and development of the holographic method”[15]
1972Rodney Robert Porter.jpgRodney Robert Porter
(shared with Gerald Edelman)
Pfizer Professor of Immunology, ; St Mary’s Hospital Medical School 1960–1967Physiology or Medicine“for their discoveries concerning the chemical structure of antibodies”[16]
1973Geoffrey Wilkinson ca. 1976.pngGeoffrey Wilkinson
(shared with Ernst Otto Fischer)
Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, 1956–1996; Emeritus Professor 1988; Fellow of Imperial College, 1993Chemistry“for their pioneering work, performed independently, on the chemistry of the organometallic, so called sandwich compounds”[17]
1979Abdus Salam 1987.jpgAbdus Salam
(shared with Sheldon Lee Glashow and Steven Weinberg)
Professor of Theoretical Physics, 1957–1996; Emeritus Professor, 1993; Fellow of Imperial College, 1994Physics“for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles, including, inter alia, the prediction of the weak neutral current”[18]