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The whole of my remaining realizable estate shall be dealt with in the following way: the capital, invested in safe securities by my executors, shall constitute a fund, the interest on which shall be annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind. — Alfred Nobel

® © The Nobel FoundationAlfred Nobel's last will has been executed since 1901 to honor scientists from all around the world for their successful research and exceptional achievements. In recent years, all the science laureates have published their work in Elsevier's journals and books, or served as editors, editorial board members or reviewers. We congratulate them on this well-deserved honor and thank them for all they have contributed to our books and journals.

To further illuminate their discoveries, we are making a collection of their work published with Elsevier freely available.


Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology

Satoshi Omura, PhD; William C. Campbell, PhD; Youyou Tu, PhD (Source: ANP/Reuters)William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura were jointly awarded half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites,” and the other half of the 2015 Nobel Prize was given to Youyou Tu "for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria."

The laureates’ discoveries focused on provided novel therapies to fight against parasitic diseases such as river blindness, elephantiasis and malaria.

Drs. Ōmura and Campbell both worked on diseases caused by roundworm parasites. Their researches led to the discovery of “Avermectin," an efficient drug to cure these specific parasitic diseases.

Dr. Tu focused her research on herbal medicine, intending to develop a new drug to fight against Malaria: chloroquine was becoming less and less efficient as the Malaria parasites were more and more resistant. She studied the plant Artemisa, and her research led to the discovery of the active agent Artemisinin, which is a real improvement in medicine to treat Malaria.

The Nobel Assembly said their discoveries “have provided humankind with powerful new means to combat these debilitating diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people annually. The consequences in terms of improved human health and reduced suffering are immeasurable.”

About Satoshi Ōmura and William C. Campbell

Satoshi Ōmura, born on July 12, 1935, is a Japanese microbiologist affiliated with Kitasato University in Japan. Between 2003 and 2007, he was a Consulting Editor of Tetrahedron and Tetrahedron letters, and in 2010, he won the Tetrahedron Prize. As an author he has contributed to various Elsevier journals, including Cell, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Trends in Parasitology, Tetrahedron Letters, International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Phytochemistry, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry and FEBS Letters . Dr. Ōmura also published in Elsevier books, including Methods in Enzymology, Motilin, Macrolide Antibiotics (Second Edition), Chemistry, Biology, and Practice , Biological, Biochemical, and Biomedical Aspects of Actinomycetes.

Tu Youyou and her then-tutor Lou Zhicen in 1951 (Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons, photographer unknown)William C. Campbell, born on June, 28, 1930, is an Irish biochemist and biologist and an expert in parasitology. He is currently a researcher with Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. As an author, he contributed to Elsevier journals, including Parasitology Today, International Journal for Parasitology , Experimental Parasitology, Veterinary Parasitology, Trends in Parasitology. His Elsevier book publications include Advances in Parasitology.

About Youyou Tu

Youyou Tu, born on December 30, 1930, is a Chinese medical scientist affiliated to the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China. In 2011 she received the Lasker Award and was the first Chinese in the history to receive an award while having been educated and carried her work in China.

Tu has published in the Elsevier journal International Immunopharmacology.

Read a selection of their research papers.


Nobel Prize in Physics

Takaaki Kajita, PhD (Reuters)Arthur B. McDonald, PhD (ANP)Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald were awarded jointly the Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass.”

Neutrinos are elementary particles that have been considered massless for decades because two thirds of neutrinos were missing compared to theoretical calculations in measurements performed on Earth. Both scientists managed to prove through their experiences that neutrinos had actually changed identities. This operation requires the particles to have a mass, even very small, so their discovery called into question the Standard Model of particle physics.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences stated in its press release:

For particle physics, this was a historic discovery. Its Standard Model of the innermost workings of matter had been incredibly successful, having resisted all experimental challenges for more than 20 years. However, as it requires neutrinos to be massless, the new observations had clearly showed that the Standard Model cannot be the complete theory of the fundamental constituents of the universe.


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About Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald

Takaaki Kajita, born on March 9, 1959, in Higashimatsuyama, Japan, is a physicist known for his neutrino experiments. He received his PhD in 1986 at the University of Tokyo, and today he is Professor and Director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research at the University of Tokyo in Kashiwa.

Arthur B. MacDonald, born on August 29, 1943, is a Canadian physicist and Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and a board member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He received his PhD in 1969 from the California Institute of Technology. He was a professor of physics at Princeton University from 1982 to 1989 before leaving for Queens University.

As authors, both physicists have contributed to our journals, including Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Physics Letters B, Astroparticle Physics, Nuclear Instruments and Methods In Physics Research, Comptes Rendus Physique, Nuclear Physics A,Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment.

Read a selection of their research papers


Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for having mapped, at a molecular level, how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard the genetic information."

They discovered not only how DNA is constantly damaged by the body and the environment, but also how our cells manage to subsequently repair this damaged DNA at an equally consistent and similar rate.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences stated in its press release:

The Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 2015 have provided fundamental insights into how cells function, knowledge that can be used, for instance, in the development of new cancer treatments.

About Tomas Lindahl

Tomas Lindahl, PhD (Reuters)Tomas Lindahl, born on January 28, 1938, is a Swedish scientist specializing in cancer research. He received his PhD in 1967 from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. Previously he was a Professor of Medical and Physiological Chemistry at University of Gothenburg and is now an Emeritus group leader at Francis Crick Institute and Emeritus Director of Cancer Research UK at Clare Hall Laboratory. Dr. Lindahl’s part relating to the Nobel winning research focused on his discovery of the DNA repair system called “base excision repair,” which prevents DNA from collapsing.

Dr. Lindahl contributed to Elsevier journals as an Associate Editor for Mutation Research DNA Repair, Editor for DNA Repair, and editorial board member for Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics.

As an author, he published in journals including Trends in Biochemical Sciences, Current Biology, Molecular Cell, Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis, Cell, and The American Journal of Human Genetics. He also contributed to Elsevier books, including: Methods in Enzymology, Progress in Nucleic Acid Research and Molecular Biology, Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry, and Congress Proceedings, Radiation Research: A Twentieth-Century Perspective.

About Paul Modrich

Paul Modrich, PhD (Source: ANP)Paul Modrich, born on June 13, 1946, is an American Biochemist. He received his Ph.D. in 1973 from Stanford University. Today, he is the James B. Professor of Biochemistry at Duke University and an Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Modrich’s part relating to the Nobel winning research focused on highlighting the mechanism which identifies the errors which occur during cell division when DNA is replicated and are then corrected. This mechanism is called: “mismatch repair”.

Dr. Modrich contributed to Elsevier journals an editorial board member for Mutation Research DNA Repair and DNA Repair.

As an author, he published in journals including: Cell, Molecular Cell, Chemistry & Biology, Gene, and Current Biology. He also contributed to Elsevier books, including Methods in Enzymology.

About Aziz Sancar

Aziz Sancar, PhD (ANP)aAziz Sancar, born on September 8, 1946, is a Turkish Biochemist and Molecular Biologist. He received his Ph.D. in1977 from University of Texas, USA. He is Honorary Member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is currently working as a Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina - School of Medicine. Sancar’s part relating to the Nobel winning research focused on his discovery of “nucleotide excision repair” – the mechanism that cells use to specifically repair UV damage to DNA.

Dr. Sancar is a former editorial board member of the Elsevier journal Mutation Research DNA Repair.

As an author, he contributed to Elsevier journals, including: Cell, Biochimie, Current Biology, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, FEBS Letters, Mutation Research DNA Repair, Gene, and Molecular Brain Research. He also contributed to Elsevier books, including: Methods in Enzymology, Progress in Nucleic Acid Research and Molecular Biology, Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry, Advances in Protein Chemistry, Femtochemistry VII, and DNA Repair Mechanisms.

Read a selection of their research papers.


Nobel Prize in Economics

Angus Deaton, PhD (Source: ANP)Angus Deaton was awarded The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel "for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare."

Dr. Deaton’s research has helped define welfare policies and reduce poverty by shedding light on the behavior of individuals regarding consumption. He focused his research on three aspects:

  • How individuals distribute their spending
  • How much of society’s income is spent and how much is saved
  • How to best measure welfare and poverty

In their press release, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences stated: "His research has helped transform the fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and development economics.”

About Angus Deaton

Angus Deaton, born on October 19, 1945, is Scottish American Economist whose research shaped modern macroeconomics. In 1974 he received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. Since 1983, he has been a Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University. In 2001, Dr. Deaton became a member of the Chief Economist’s Advisory Council of the World Bank. He served as President of the American Economic Association in 2009 and was awarded the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in 2011, a prize that acknowledged his fundamental contributions to the field.

As an author, Dr. Deaton contributed to various Elsevier journals, including: Journal of Econometrics, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Public Economics, Economics Letters, Economics & Human Biologyand Journal of Development Economics.

He also contributed to Elsevier books, including: Handbook of Econometrics and Handbook of Development Economics.

Read a selection of his research papers.

Research by Nobel Laureates in Medicine

Elsevier has made theses articles freely available through 2020:

William C. Campbell – selection of top-cited papers published by Elsevier

Satoshi Ōmura – selection top cited papers published by Elsevier

Youyou Tu – top-cited papers published by Elsevier


Research by Nobel Laureates in Physics

Elsevier has made theses articles freely available through 2020:

Takaaki Kajita – selection of top-cited papers published by Elsevier

  • Amosheric vμ ve ratio in the multi-GeV energy range
    Physics Letters B, Volume 335, Issue 2, 1 September 1994, Pages 237-245
    Y. Fukuda, T. Hayakawa, K. Inoue, T. Ishida, S. Joukou, T. Kajita, S. Kasuga, Y. Koshio, T. Kumita, K. Matsumoto, M. Nakahata, K. Nakamura, A. Sakai, M. Shiozawa, J. Suzuki, Y. Suzuki, Y. Totsuka, K.S. Hirata, K. Kihara, M. Mori, Y. Oyama, A. Suzuki, M. Yamada, M. Koshiba, K. Nishijima, T. Kajimura, T. Suda, A.T. Suzuki, T. Ishizuka, M. Koga, K. Miyano, H. Miyata, H. Okazawa, H. Takei, T. Hara, N. Kishi, Y. Nagashima, M. Takita, A. Yoshimoto, Y. Hayato, K. Kaneyuki, Y. Takeuchi, T. Tanimori, S. Tasaka, K. Nishikawa, E.W. Beier, E.D. Frank, W. Frati, S.B. Kim, A.K. Mann, F.M. Newcomer, R. Van Berg, W. Zhang
    doi:10.1016/0370-2693(94)91420-6
  • Experimental study of the atmospheric neutrino flux
    Physics Letters B, Volume 205, Issues 2–3, 28 April 1988, Pages 416-420
    K.S. Hirata, T. Kajita, M. Koshiba, M. Nakahata, S. Ohara, Y. Oyama, N. Sato, A. Suzuki, M. Takita, Y. Totsuka, T. Kifune, T. Suda, K. Nakamura, K. Takahashi, T. Tanimori, K. Miyano, M. Yamada, E.W. Beier, L.R. Feldscher, E.D. Frank, W. Frati, S.B. Kim, A.K. Mann, F.M. Newcomer, R. Van Berg, W. Zhang, B.G. Cortez
    doi:10.1016/0370-2693(88)91690-5
  • Measurement of a small atmospheric νμ/νe ratio
    Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics, Volume 433, Issues 1–2, 6 August 1998, Pages 9–18.
    Super-Kamiokande Collaboration, Y. Fukuda, T. Hayakawa, E. Ichihara, K. Inoue, K. Ishihara, H. Ishino, Y. Itow, T. Kajita, J. Kameda, S. Kasuga, K. Kobayashi, Y. Kobayashi, Y. Koshio, K. Martens, M. Miura, M. Nakahata, S. Nakayama, A. Okada, M. Oketa, K. Okumura, et al.
    doi:10.1016/S0370-2693(98)00476-6
  • The Super-Kamiokande detector
    Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Volume 501, Issues 2–3, 1 April 2003, Pages 418–462.
    S. Fukuda, Y. Fukuda, T. Hayakawa, E. Ichihara, M. Ishitsuka, Y. Itow, T. Kajita, J. Kameda, K. Kaneyuki, S. Kasuga, K. Kobayashi, Y. Kobayashi, Y. Koshio, M. Miura, S. Moriyama, M. Nakahata, S. Nakayama, T. Namba, Y. Obayashi, A. Okada, M. Oketa, et al.
    doi:10.1016/S0168-9002(03)00425-X
  • Survey of atmospheric neutrino data and implications for neutrino mass and mixing
    Physics Letters B, Volume 283, Issues 3–4, 11 June 1992, Pages 446-453.
    E.W. Beier, E.D. Frank, W. Frati, S.B. Kim, A.K. Mann, F.M. Newcomer, R. Van Berg, W. Zhang, K.S. Hirata, K. Inoue, T. Ishida, T. Kajita, K. Kihara, M. Nakahata, K. Nakamura, S. Ohara, A. Sakai, N. Sato, Y. Suzuki, Y. Totsuka, Y. Yaginuma, et al.
    doi:10.1016/0370-2693(92)90046-7

Arthur B. McDonald – selection of top cited papers published by Elsevier

  • Magnetic moments and half-lives of isomeric states in polonium isotopes
    Nuclear Physics, Section A, Volume 273, Issue 1, 23 November 1976, Pages 253-268
    O. Häusser, T.K. Alexander, J.R. Beene †, E.D. Earle, A.B. McDonald, F.C. Khanna, I.S. Towner
    doi:10.1016/0375-9474(76)90312-2
  • The proposed Majorana 76Ge double-beta decay experiment
    Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements, Volume 138, January 2005, Pages 217–220
    C.E. Aalseth, D. Anderson, R. Arthur, F.T. Avignone III, C. Baktash, T. Ball, A.S. Barabash, F. Bertrand, R.L. Brodzinski, V. Brudanin, W. Bugg, A.E. Champagne, 15, Y.-D. Chan, T.V. Cianciolo, J.I. Collar, R.W. Creswick, M. Descovich, M. Di Marco, P.J. Doe, G. Dunham, Yu. Efremenko, V. Egerov, H. Ejiri, S.R. Elliott, A. Emanuel, P. Fallon, H.A. Farach, R.J. Gaitskell, V. Gehman, R. Grzywacz, A. Hallin, R. Hazma, R. Henning, A. Hime, T. Hossbach, D. Jordan, K. Kazkaz, J. Kephart, G.S. King III, O. Kochetov
    doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysbps.2004.11.052
  • Neutron polarization with a polarized 3He spin filter
    Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A, Volume 288, Issues 2–3, 15 March 1990, Pages 463-466
    K.P. Coulter, T.E. Chupp, A.B. McDonald, C.D. Bowman, J.D. Bowman, J.J. Szymanski, V. Yuan, G.D. Cates, D.R. Benton, E.D. Earle
    doi:10.1016/0168-9002(90)90139-W
  • Thick target neutron yields and spectral distributions from the 7Li(p d, n) and 9Be(p d, n) reactions
    Nuclear Instruments and Methods, Volume 143, Issue 2, 1 June 1977, Pages 331–344
    M.A. Lone, C.B. Bigham, J.S. Fraser, H.R. Schneider, T.K. Alexander, A.J. Ferguson, A.B. McDonald
    doi:10.1016/0029-554X(77)90616-4
  • The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory project
    Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements, Volume 77, Issues 1–3, May 1999, Pages 43–47
    SNO Collaboration, A.B. McDonald
    "doi:10.1016/S0920-5632(99)00395-3
  • The 16N calibration source for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
    Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Volume 481, Issues 1–3, 1 April 2002, Pages 284–296
    M.R. Dragowsky, A. Hamer, Y.D. Chan, R. Deal, E.D. Earle, W. Frati, E. Gaudette, A. Hallin, C. Hearns, J. Hewett, G. Jonkmans, Y. Kajiyama, A.B. McDonald, B.A. Moffat, E.B. Norman, B. Sur, N. Tagg
    doi:10.1016/S0168-9002(01)02062-9

Research by Nobel Laureates in Chemistry

Tomas Lindahl - Top cited Elsevier articles

Paul Modrich – selection top cited papers published by Elsevier

Aziz Sancar – selection top cited papers published by Elsevier

Research by Nobel Laureate in Economics

Angus Deaton – selection top cited papers published by Elsevier


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Sacha BoucherieElsevier Press Officer Sacha Boucherie works closely with Elsevier's journal publishers, editors and authors at one end and with science journalists and reporters at the other end with the aim of spotlighting and promoting interesting, topical research articles. She is based in Elsevier's Amsterdam headquarters and holds a master's degree in social psychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

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