Nobel prize officials face dilemma after unwittingly honouring dead scientist

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 11:03 in Earth & Climate

Nobel prize for medicine given to three biologists for work on immune system, but one of them died just days agoThe Nobel prize season began under a dark cloud on Monday when it emerged that one of the winners of the freshly minted medicine award had passed away days before.The world's most prestigious prizes honour scientists and other leading figures for exceptional contributions to their fields, but the prize rules state that they cannot be awarded posthumously.Officials at the Nobel assembly will meet over the next few days to decide whether the prize stands or needs to be amended.This year's prize for medicine was given to three biologists whose work on the immune system opened up new avenues in the fight against infections and diseases.American Bruce Beutler, 53, and French biologist Jules Hoffmann, 70, share half of the 10 million Swedish kronor (£934,000) prize money, with the remainder earmarked for...

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