Slavs Who Won Nobel Prize

Slavs Who Won Nobel Prize for Their Adopted Country

Slavonic nations are generally characterized by high level of intelligence, which is proved by various investigations and statistic researches. However, not only the general level is above average, the Slavs introduced some extraordinary people to the world as well. There is not only the great number of renowned scientists and artists who are Slavs by origin, these nations have acquired the firm reputation of the homeland for geniuses. Let us provide the strongest argument supporting this statement by taking as measure of the intelligence level the world-wide recognized award, the Nobel Prize.

What does statistics say?

The Nobel Prize has been awarded 853 times, 51 to Slavic countries. That is definitely a high percentage which speaks up to them. Apart from this, the impressive amount of awards was given to the people, who were Slavs by origin but moved out of their countries for various reasons.

How many people of Slavonic extraction won Nobel Prizes for the adopted countries?

It is indeed hard to define the precise figures. Let us examine the statistics concerned with Nobel laureates of the most famous and accomplished countries in this field.

  • Germany

102 Nobel Prizes were awarded to German scientists. However, 6 of them were by birth not Germans, but Slavs. Three awards were won in the field of physics: Peter Grunberg (born in Czech Republic), Albert Michelson (born in Poland) and Philipp Lenard (born in Slovakia). One was given to the scientist Wilhelm Ostwald for the achievements in chemistry (born in Latvia) and two to the polish-born writers: Gunter Grass and Gerhart Hauptmann.

Ivan Bunin

Ivan Bunin

  • France

Overall number of French awards extends to 57, while 3 of them were given to people of Slavonic extraction. The first one was given to Ivan Bunin, Russian renowned poet and writer. Astonishingly enough, Marie Curie, one of the most brilliant and smartest women who ever lived, was two-time winner. She was awarded with the Nobel Prizes in different fields of science – physics and chemistry. Marie Curie brought honor to France, but her origin was Slavonic.

  • Great Britain

The United Kingdom can be proud of 115 Nobel winners. However, it should be kept in mind that this country has reached such a success due to the welcome reception to the immigrants. Twenty seven Prizes were awarded to the foreigners (three – to Slavs). Among them we name Russian-born Andre Geim (Physics), Pole Joseph Rotblat (Peace) and Bulgarian Elias Canetti (Literature).

  • The United States of America

It is the country with great percentage of foreigners who contributed to its intellectual fame and development. One third of its Prizes 84 was awarded to the immigrated scientists. And the number of Slavs exceeds any other applied to different countries – 10 of the awardees were Slavs.

It is clearly manifested by the irrefutable data that no unverified information or preconceptions can support the idea of Slavs’ inferiority. Quite on the contrary, the contribution of the Slavonic people to the world science is immense and hard to overestimate. Moreover, some names have firmly taken their place in history because of their work.

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