2011 Nobel Prize Laureates

Elsevier congratulates the 2011 Nobel Laureates and their prominent findings in the fields of Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Economics. We feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with these remarkable scientists in the creation and publication of their award-winning research. In recognition of these extraordinary scholars, we make their articles published with Elsevier freely available.


2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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Elsevier congratulates Professor Dan Shechtman

Dr. Shechtman, professor of materials science at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, professor at Iowa State University and a researcher at the United States Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, won the award “for the discovery of quasicrystals.” He fought a “fierce battle against established science” which “fundamentally altered how chemists conceive of solid matter.” 

Crystals are solid materials in which the atoms that make up the material are arranged in a periodic pattern. However, certain symmetries do not allow periodic, translational patterns to form, and so it became a long held belief that materials would not adopt structures that contained such configurations. Dr. Shechtman found otherwise, with the discovery of a metal alloy that possessed five-fold rotational symmetry. His discovery meant a fight against established science, and in the wake of his breakthrough, the field of crystallography has changed fundamentally.

Dr. Shechtman published in Elsevier journals: Materials Letters, Materials Science & Engineering A, Materials Science & Engineering B, Acta Materialia, UltramicropsyDiamond and Related Materials, Acta Biomaterialia and Metal Powder Report.

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2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology

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Elsevier congratulates Professor Ralph M. Steinman, Professor Jules A. Hoffmann and Professor Bruce A. Beutler

Dr. Steinman, who was a senior physician at The Rockefelller University Hospital and professor of cellular physiology and immunology Rockefeller University, New York, won half the award “for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity”, ultimately providing us with the missing link in our understanding of how the adaptive immunity is triggered and shaped in responses to different pathogens.  Dr. Steinman served as a reviewer for Elsevier’s journals Cell, and Immunity, also publishing extensively with a variety of other Elsevier journals, such as Trends in Immunology, Current Biology, Cellular Immunology, Current Opinion in Immunology and Elsevier S&T Books: Dendritic Cells: Biology and Clinical Applications, 2nd Edition and The Mouse in Biomedical Research, 2nd Edition, Volume IV, Immunology.

Elsevier is saddened by the news that Dr. Steinman died just three days before the Nobel committee publically awarded him the prize. 

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Dr. Hoffman, and  Dr. Beutler share the other half of the award “for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity”, enabling us to understand the etiology of some autoinflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Dr. Hoffman is a member of Cell Host & Microbe's editorial board, reviewer for Immunity and has published extensively in Elsevier’s journals, including: Cell, Current Opinion in Immunology, Current Opinion in Microbiology and Current Biology. Dr. Beutler, has written numerous articles for journals, including Immunity, Trends in Molecular Medicine, Trends in Immunology and Virology. He has also served as a reviewer for the journals Cell, Immunity, and Cell Host & Microbe

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2011 Nobel Prize in Physics

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Elsevier congratulates Professor Saul Perlmutter, Professor Brian P. Schmidt and Professor Adam G. Riess

Saul Perlmutter, UC Berkeley professor and astrophysicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, won half the award; Brian Schmidt, astronomer at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University, and Adam Riess, professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University won the second half. All three received the award “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae” – a finding which came as a surprise to even the Laureates themselves, since they, along with the research community, expected a cosmic deceleration to be measured.

Their work has been published in Elsevier journals, including: Astroparticle PhysicsPhysics ReportsNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, and New Astronomy Reviews.

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2011 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

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Elsevier congratulates Professor Christopher A. Sims and Professor Thomas J. Sargent

Christopher A. Sims and Thomas J. Sargent were jointly awarded the prize "for their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy". Independently conducted, their complementary research has been fundamental to policymakers’ and researchers’ understanding of the major short and long term aspects of macroeconomics. Sims has identified and analyzed the impact of unanticipated events on the economy, such as an increase in the price of oil. Sargent’s research analyzes the effects and consequences of changes in economic policy including GDP, inflation and investment.

As Harold H. Helm Professor of Economics and Banking at Princeton University, Christopher A. Sims is a contributing author to the Handbook of Monetary Economics, Vol 3A, and has published in Elsevier journals including the Journal of Econometrics, Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy (now published through the Journal of Monetary Economics), Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, European Economic Review, and the Journal of Monetary Economics.

Thomas J. Sargent is the William R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Business at New York University and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Review of Economic Dynamics. He is also a contributor to the Handbook of Monetary Economics Volume 3B and the Handbook of Computational Economics and has published frequently in a number of Elsevier journals: Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Monetary Economics, Economics Letters, European Economic Review, Review of Economic Dynamics, Japan and the World Economy, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Econometrics and the European Journal of Political Economy.

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