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Weird News This 77-Year-Old Astrophysicist’s Reaction to Winning the Nobel Prize Will Make Your Day

06:45  09 october  2019
06:45  09 october  2019 Source:   bestlifeonline.com

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The Nobel Prize for Chemistry will be announced Wednesday, two Literature Prizes will be awarded on Thursday and the Peace Prize comes Friday. This year will see two literature Prizes handed out because the one last year was suspended after a scandal rocked the Swedish Academy.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet since 1901. Youngest Nobel Laureate ever is Malala Yousafzai. She was 17 years old when she was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize .

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On Tuesday, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the 2019 winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Half of the coveted award went to Canadian-American physicist James Peebles, 84, for “theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology.”

The other half was jointly awarded to Swiss astronomer Didier Queloz, 53, and Swiss astrophysicist Michel Mayor, 77, for “the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.” If you have no idea what any of that actually means, you’re in the majority. But whether you understand astronomy or physics or neither, we can all agree that this photo of Mayor, which was shared by the official Nobel Prize’s Instagram account, is truly relatable.

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Mayor, who is an astrophysicist , and Queloz, an astronomer who is also at the University of Cambridge in The sixth one, the peace prize , is handed out in Oslo, Norway on the same day . The Nobel Prize for Chemistry will be announced Wednesday, two Literature Prizes will be awarded on

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According to the caption, Mayor, who is professor emeritus at the University of Geneva’s Department of Astronomy, was on a lecture tour in Spain when he got the news. And the look on his face as he lets the realization sink in is incredibly heartwarming.

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New laureate Michel Mayor was on a lecture tour in Spain when he heard the news about his Nobel Prize in Physics. Here Mayor is in the cafeteria of San Sebastian airport, looking at all the messages flooding in! #nobelprize #nobelprize2019 #nobellaureate #physics #research #award #discovery #cosmology #science #researcher #scientist A post shared by Nobel Prize (@nobelprize_org) on Oct 8, 2019 at 7:19am PDT

The Nobel Prize Instagram account also shared a photo of Queloz, who was—fittingly enough—at a scientific meeting when he got the news. His admission that he was “still shaking a lot” as he took it all in is also truly touching.

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“I’m still shaking a lot!” New Physics Laureate Didier Queloz was at a scientific meeting when news of his Nobel Prize broke. Here, fresh from celebrating with colleagues, he speaks with us about his reaction – and more. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded with one half to James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology” and the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.” Photo: Craig Brierley. #nobelprize #nobelprizeannouncements #physics #discovery #cosmos #universe #physicslaureates #award #achievement #science #astronomy A post shared by Nobel Prize (@nobelprize_org) on Oct 8, 2019 at 4:47am PDT

But there’s something about Mayor’s almost childlike response that’s especially moving. It’s sweet to see that winning an award as remarkable as the Nobel Prize can make such an esteemed 77-year-old professor adopt the humility and awe of a little kid. Astrophysicists—they really are just like us!


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Swiss astrophysicist Michel Mayor, whose work detecting exoplanets recently earned him a share in the Nobel prize for physics , says humans will never migrate beyond our own solar system. Maybe it’s time we started taking this whole “climate change” thing seriously.The first exoplanet with the potential to host life as we know it, meaning it was orbiting a star similar to the one we call ‘the sun,’ was discovered by Mayor and fellow Nobel winner Didier Queloz in 1995. In the time since, researchers have confirmed the existence of more than 4,000 exoplanets.

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