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How Noble is the Nobel Prize?

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The Nobel Prize has traditionally been primarily focused on Europe and European literature. Despite the fact that the award was supposed to be announced for important discoveries and innovations, the committee places greater emphasis on inventions than on discoveries. The majority of Nobel awards are given out with the goal of demonstrating something rather than simply speculating about it.

Almost throughout its history, or at least more lately, the recipients of the Peace Prize award have been strategically picked in order to enhance American imperialism.

The majority of Nobel laureates in economics who support the Fed model or economic theories that would support the Rothchild banking system. Pharmaceutical lobbyists have an effect on many but not all prizes relating to medicine.

Indians Let Down at the Nobel Prize

India’s contribution to contemporary science is frequently disregarded by other nations. Numerous Indian intellectuals who contributed to the dissemination of modern science but did not receive proper acknowledgment include Jagdish Chandra Bose, Satyendranath Bose, CV Raman, Homi Bhabha, Janaki Ammal, Meghnad Saha, and GN Ramachandran.

How many of us are familiar with Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany, dubbed the “Father of Fibre Optics” by many? We may safely claim that not many.

But it was his ground-breaking work on fibre optics in the 1950s that made it possible for things like high-speed broadband internet, laser surgery, and endoscopy, among others.

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Although Harold Hopkins, Kapany’s professor, pushed him to pursue an optics PhD because he recognised the significance of his work, Kapany had his heart set on returning to India after earning his PhD in 1955 and starting his own business. He delivered the first paper on fibre optics at a science conference in Italy in 1954, but a chance encounter with an American professor there changed everything. Eventually, he joined the faculty at the University of Rochester.

Many in the scientific community were baffled when the Nobel Committee chose Kao to receive the 2009 Prize and passed over Kapany. But the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, which recognises him as the creator of fibre optics, has acknowledged his achievements. He was named one of the seven “unsung heroes” whose achievements fundamentally altered the world of business by the renowned Fortune Magazine in 1999. He then rose to prominence as a businessman, leading the Silicon Valley tech revolution. Despite Kapany’s efforts, signal loss over long distances using optical glass fibre continued to be an issue. Kao figured out a solution to this issue and calculated a method for sending light across great distances. His efforts were responsible for the production of the first ultrapure fibre in 1970. This revolutionised contemporary communication networks.

Despite this, many believe that Kapany and Kao should have split the Nobel Prize due to Kao’s groundbreaking work in the 1950s.


While it is a fact that the committee can choose whom so ever they choose at their discretion, it is also a fact that the discriminatory approach of the Nobel Prize Committee is majorly at play when it comes to propelling the Indian brain at the centre stage.





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