Princeton added to its illustrious Nobel Prize history in early October when Frances Arnold ’79 was selected as a 2018 honoree in chemistry.
Test your knowledge of alumni and faculty Nobel laureates with these questions, inspired by stories in the PAW archives.
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1. The Compton Effect: Which of these three brothers was the first alumnus to win a Nobel in physics, “for his discovery of the effect named after him”?
A. Karl T. Compton *1912
B. Wilson M. Compton *1915
C. Arthur H. Compton *1916
2. Silver Screen: Five years before A Beautiful Mind and Russell Crowe made John Nash *50 a household name, the movie Infinity featured Matthew Broderick as this Nobel-winning physicist.
A. Albert Einstein
B. Richard Feynman *42
C. Eugene Wigner
3. Annus Mirabilis: Three Princeton faculty won Nobels in 1993: physicists Russell Alan Hulse and Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr.; and this creative-writing professor.
A. Toni Morrison
B. Philip Roth
C. Nadine Gordimer
4. Wait a Second: Which physicist was the first person to win the Nobel Prize twice, sharing the honor in 1956 (transistor effect) and 1972 (theory of superconductivity)?
A. Clinton Davisson *1911
B. John Bardeen *36
C. Robert Hofstadter *38
5. Missing Piece: Of the six Nobel categories, which is the only one that has never had a Princeton alumni laureate?
A. Physiology or Medicine
6. Interdepartmental: Since 2000, the economics Nobel honorees have included three Princeton graduate alumni. Which of the three received his Ph.D. in mathematics, not economics?
A. James Heckman *71
B. Lloyd Shapley *53
C. Oliver Hart *74
ANSWERS: 1. C; 2. B; 3. A; 4. B; 5. A; 6. B.