Research universities flourish on scholarship not management – Research Europe

The share of Nobel prizes going to European univer‐ sities compared with US institutions has declined considerably. Between 1960 and 2007 just fewer than 100 prizes in chemistry, biology, physics and econom‐ ics were awarded to scholars from Germany, France and the UK—the main recipient nations in the first half of the 20th Century. During this time, 250 prizes went to researchers in the US. And the gap continues to widen. This year, 11 scholars became Nobel laureates in medi‐ cine, physics, chemistry and economics. The majority, eight, are based in US institutions. Looking back to the first half of the 20th Century only 28 medicine, physics or chemistry Nobel prizes went to US universities. But since 1951, 260 have been awarded to scholars working in the US

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