Science: Unknown Giant

The 1957 Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine (worth $42,000) was awarded last week to a man who is no physician but a chemist, a man who had never been interviewed by a newsman until the announcement came from Stockholm, a man who had never been listed in the Who's Who of his adopted country. For good measure, the distinguished laureate-to-be was ill in bed with what he believed to be Asian flu when the Swedish ambassador called to deliver the news.

The winner: Daniel Bovet, 50, Swiss-born but now a naturalized Italian. One...

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