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Ian Dunn
1164757.  Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:14 pm Reply with quote

In 1940, when the Germans invaded Denmark, Niels Bohr hid two Nobel Prizes by dissolving them.

Jewish physicist James Franck, who won the Nobel Prize in 1925, and anti-Nazi physicist Max von Laue, who won the Nobel Prize in 1914, had hidden their gold medals in Bohr's Institute of Theoretical Physics in Copenhagen. Under Nazi law, it was illegal to send gold out of the country, and to make things worse the names of the prize winners were engraved on the medals.

Bohr was worried that just burying the medals was not going to be secure enough, so he dissolved the medals in aqua regia, a difficult process as gold is so un-reactive.


1194302.  Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:24 am Reply with quote

As a bridge between Nobel and the new "O" series the only person to have won both a Nobel Prize and an Oscar was George Bernard Shaw for Pygmalion/My Fair Lady!

1194303.  Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:43 am Reply with quote

Nice one! *thumbs up emoticon*

1194324.  Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:02 pm Reply with quote

As another bridge between Nobel Prizes and the letter O, the British politician Philip Noel-Baker (later Baron Noel-Baker of Derby) is the only person to have won both a Nobel Prize and an Olympic medal.

During his early life as first a civil servant and then a university lecturer, he was a keen track athlete and came second in the 1,500 meters at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp.

He was then for 36 years a Labour MP, and was given ministerial responsibility for the 1948 Olympics in London. During his parliamentary career, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1959 for his advocacy of multilateral nuclear disarmament.

Lord Noel-Baker died in 1982 at the age of 92, and in his later years he is known to have shared a few CND platforms with a young bearded man named Jeremy Corbyn.

Although Niels Bohr won a Nobel Prize (Physics, 1922), he never won an Olympic medal. But he was a decent amateur footballer, and his brother Harald - who went on to become a distinguished mathematician - was an even better amateur footballer who played in goal for the Danish team which took silver at the 1908 Olympics in London.

The official histories of those Olympics do not reveal whether Niels came along for the ride. But since he is known to have attended some Physics lectures at Cambridge in the weeks either side of the football competition, it seems probable that he did.


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