Awards: Unpredictable Nobel

Nobel Prize selection committees tend to wait decades rather than years to bestow their awards. Last week Sweden's Royal Academy of Sciences, which picks laureates in physics and chemistry, ran true to Nobel form.

The prize for physics went to Hans Albrecht Bethe, 61, mainly for discoveries during the 1930s concerning the energy production of stars. A German-born scientist who fled the rising Third Reich and who has been teaching at Cornell University since 1935, Bethe (pronounced Baytuh) theorized that the inordinate energy emitted by stars results from two protracted nuclear processes...

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