List of nonreligious Nobel laureates

This list of nonreligious Nobel laureates comprises laureates of the Nobel Prize who have self-identified as atheist, agnostic, freethinker, or otherwise nonreligious at some point in their lives.[2]

Distribution of atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers in Nobel Prizes between 1901-2000.[1]

Many of these laureates earlier identified with a religion. In an estimate by Baruch Shalev, between 1901 and 2000, about 10.5% of all laureates, and 35% of those in literature, fall in this category.[1] According to the same estimate, between 1901 and 2000, atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers won 8.9% of the prizes in medicine, 7.1% in chemistry, 5.2% in economics, 4.7% in physics, and 3.6% in peace.[1] Alfred Nobel himself was an atheist later in life.[3]

Shalev's book lists many Jewish atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers as religiously Jewish. For example, Milton Friedman, Roald Hoffmann, Richard Feynman, Niels Bohr, Élie Metchnikoff, and Rita Levi-Montalcini are listed as religiously Jewish; however, while they were ethnically and perhaps culturally Jewish, they did not believe in a God and self-identified as atheists.[1]

PhysicsEdit

Year Laureate Reference
2000 Zhores Alferov [4]
1977 Philip Warren Anderson [2][5]
1956, 1972 John Bardeen [2]
1967 Hans Bethe [2][6]
1948 Patrick Blackett [7]
1981 Nicolaas Bloembergen [8]
1922 Niels Bohr [2][9][10][11]
1946 Percy Williams Bridgman [12][13][14]
1929 Louis de Broglie [2]
1935 James Chadwick [15]
1903 Marie Curie [2]
1903 Pierre Curie [2]
1933 Paul Dirac [2]
1921 Albert Einstein [2][16] [note 1]
1938 Enrico Fermi [2]
1965 Richard Feynman [2][20]
1980 Val Logsdon Fitch [21]
1925 James Franck [22]
1969 Murray Gell-Mann [23]
2002 Riccardo Giacconi [24]
1973 Ivar Giaver [25][26]
2003 Vitaly Ginzburg [27]
1979 Sheldon Lee Glashow [28]
2005 Roy J. Glauber [29]
2004 David J. Gross [30]
2012 Serge Haroche [31]
2013 Peter Higgs [32]
2002 Masatoshi Koshiba [33]
2016 J. Michael Kosterlitz [34]
2000 Herbert Kroemer [35]
1962 Lev Landau [2][36]
1988 Leon M. Lederman [37][38]
2019 Michel Mayor [39]
1907 Albert A. Michelson [40]
2010 Konstantin Novoselov [41]
2019 Jim Peebles [42]
1926 Jean Baptiste Perrin [43]
2019 Didier Queloz [44]
1944 Isidor Isaac Rabi [2]
2011 Brian Schmidt [45]
1933 Erwin Schrödinger [2][46][47]
1956 William Shockley [2]
1988 Jack Steinberger [48]
1958 Igor Tamm [49][50]
2017 Kip Thorne [51]
1910 Johannes Diderik van der Waals [2]
1999 Martinus J. G. Veltman [52]
1979 Steven Weinberg [2][53]
1963 Eugene Wigner [2]

ChemistryEdit

Year Laureate Reference
1903 Svante Arrhenius [54]
1997 Paul D. Boyer [55]
1975 John Cornforth [56]
1911 Marie Curie [2]
1935 Frédéric Joliot-Curie [57]
1935 Irène Joliot-Curie [58]
1985 Herbert A. Hauptman [59]
1981 Roald Hoffmann [60]
1996 Harold W. Kroto [61]
1987 Jean-Marie Lehn [62]
1978 Peter D. Mitchell [63]
1994 George Andrew Olah [64]
1909 Wilhelm Ostwald [65]
1954 Linus Pauling [66]
1962 Max Perutz [67][68]
1958 Frederick Sanger [69]
2011 Dan Shechtman [70]
2018 George Smith [71]
1993 Michael Smith [72]
1934 Harold Urey [73]

Physiology or MedicineEdit

Year Laureate Reference
1970 Julius Axelrod [74]
1914 Robert Bárány [75]
1958 George Beadle [76]
1989 J. Michael Bishop [77]
2002 Sydney Brenner [78]
1962 Francis Crick [79][80][81][82][83]
1974 Christian de Duve [84]
1945 Howard Florey [85]
1906 Camillo Golgi [86]
1929 Frederick Gowland Hopkins [87]
1963 Andrew Huxley [88]
1965 François Jacob [89]
2003 Paul Lauterbur [90]
1907 Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran [91][92]
1986 Rita Levi-Montalcini [93]
1960 Sir Peter Medawar [94]
1908 Élie Metchnikoff [95]
1965 Jacques Monod [96]
1946 Hermann Joseph Muller [97]
2001 Paul Nurse [98]
1904 Ivan Pavlov [99]
1993 Richard J. Roberts [100]
2017 Michael Rosbash [101]
2002 John Sulston [102][103]
1937 Albert Szent-Györgyi [104]
1973 Nikolaas Tinbergen [105]
1967 George Wald [106]
1962 James Watson [107]

EconomicsEdit

Year Laureate Reference
1976 Milton Friedman [108]
1994 John Harsanyi [109]
1974 Friedrich Hayek [110]
1994 John Forbes Nash, Jr. [111]
1994 Reinhard Selten [112]
1998 Amartya Sen
1978 Herbert A. Simon [113]

PeaceEdit

Year Laureate Reference
1933 Norman Angell [114]
1908 Klas Pontus Arnoldson [115]:151
1990 Mikhail Gorbachev [116]
1962 Linus Pauling [66]
1975 Andrei Sakharov [117][118][119]
1986 Elie Wiesel [120]

LiteratureEdit

Year Laureate Reference
1969 Samuel Beckett [121]
1903 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson [122]
1957 Albert Camus [123]
1997 Dario Fo [124]
1932 John Galsworthy [125]
1991 Nadine Gordimer [126]
1971 Pablo Neruda [127]
1936 Eugene O'Neill [115]:125[128]
2005 Harold Pinter [129]
1950 Bertrand Russell [130]
1998 José Saramago [131]
1964 Jean-Paul Sartre [132]
1925 George Bernard Shaw [115]:125
1986 Wole Soyinka [133][134]
1962 John Steinbeck [135][136]
1996 Wisława Szymborska [137]
2018 Olga Tokarczuk [138]
2000 Gao Xingjian [139]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Einstein used many labels to describe his religious views, including "agnostic",[17]:216 "religious nonbeliever",[17]:218 and a believer in "Spinoza's God."[17]:204 He was an active participant in various humanist and Ethical Culture groups, including the First Humanist Society of New York and the Rationalist Association (UK).[18] He disliked labels like "atheist" and "pantheist".[19]. See also Religious and philosophical views of Albert Einstein.

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