Science: Nobelmen of 1946

It was Prize Day in Oslo and Stockholm. Last week one German-born Swiss and six Americans won a batch of Nobel Awards: for Literature, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace* (see INTERNATIONAL).

Conspicuously absent among the scientists honored were any connected with the atomic bomb, though many theoretical nuclear physicists had been en-Nobeled before. There might be a historical reason. In his will (1896), Alfred Nobel endowed the famous prizes (value of each this year: $34,000) as penance for inventing dynamite. It might be embarrassing now to single out the developers of atomic "super-dynamite."...

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