Posts Tagged ‘Nobel Prize’

Hell on Pontifical Academy for Sciences

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Pope Francis has appointed Nobel Laureate, Professor Stefan Walter Hell, to the Pontifical Academy for Sciences. Professor Hell, a Romanian-born German physicist, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on improving the resolution of microscopes. Read more

A Catholic reaction to Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Prize

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born author of The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go, and five other acclaimed English-language novels, was awarded the Nobel Prize on Thursday. No doubt, Ishiguro’s many Catholic fans, myself included, heartily applauded the news. In striking contrast to many modern novelists, his deeply moral stories go to the heart of the Read more

Guardian angel of refugees being investigated

Monday, September 4th, 2017

A priest called the guardian angel of refugees is under investigation for people trafficking. Mussie Zerai was nominated for a Nobel prize in 2015 for his compassion to refugees. For tens of thousands of desperate migrants, his cellphone number has meant the difference between life and death as their boats founder. He has been the Read more

Bob Dylan, St John Paul II and tryin’ to get to heaven

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Bob Dylan and Saint John Paul II

Bob Dylan, who once sang for Saint John Paul II, has received the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel citation says he is honored “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Commentators say he deserves to share the stage with “a charismatic pope who understood the power of the arts Read more

Nobel laureate refutes allegations against Pope Francis

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

An Argentine pacifist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 has come to the defence of Pope Francis’s actions between 1976 and 1983, when the military ruled the nation. Adolfo Perez Esquivel said Pope Francis preferred to carry out a “silent diplomacy” in helping victims, rather than leading a more public outcry during Argentina’s Read more

A Nobel Prize for ethics?

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Two stem cell researchers have shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine for 2012, an elderly Briton, Sir John B. Gurdon, and a younger Japanese, Shinya Yamanaka. By a serendipitous coincidence, Sir John made his discovery in 1962 — the year of Yamanaka’s birth. Fifty years of stem cell research have brought cures for intractable diseases Read more