List of Ig Nobel Prize winners – Wikipedia

This is a list of Ig Nobel Prize winners from 1991 to the present day. [ 1 ] A spoof of the Nobel Prizes, the Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded each class in mid-September, around the fourth dimension the recipients of the actual Nobel Prizes are announced, for ten achievements that “ first gear make people laugh, and then make them think ”. Commenting on the 2006 awards, Marc Abrahams, editor of Annals of Improbable Research and co-sponsor of the awards, said that “ [ thyroxine ] he prizes are intended to celebrate the strange, honor the imaginative, and spur people ‘s interest in science, music, and engineering ”. [ 2 ] All prizes are awarded for real achievements, except for three in 1991 and one in 1994, ascribable to an erroneous imperativeness release .

1991 [edit ]

apocryphal achievements [edit ]

The first base nominating speech besides featured three fictional recipients for fictional achievements. [ 6 ]

  • Interdisciplinary Research: Josiah S. Carberry, for his work in psychoceramics, the study of “cracked pots”.
  • Pedestrian Technology: Paul DeFanti, “wizard of structures and crusader for public safety, for his invention of the Buckybonnet, a geodesic fashion structure that pedestrians wear to protect their heads and preserve their composure”.
  • Physics: Thomas Kyle, for his discovery of “the heaviest element in the universe, Administratium”.

1992 [edit ]

1993 [edit ]

1994 [edit ]

no longer formally listed [edit ]

  • Physics – Presented to The Japanese Meteorological Agency, for its seven-year study of whether earthquakes are caused by catfish wiggling their tails. This winner is not officially listed, as it was based on what turned out to be erroneous press accounts.[23]

1995 [edit ]

The ceremony took identify on 6 October 1995. [ 24 ]

1996 [edit ]

The ceremony took place on 3 October 1996. [ 31 ]

1997 [edit ]

The ceremony took place on 9 October 1997. [ 38 ]

1998 [edit ]

The ceremony took position on 8 October 1998. [ 45 ]

1999 [edit ]

The ceremony took identify on 30 September 1999. [ 53 ]

2000 [edit ]

The ceremony took topographic point on 5 October 2000. [ 58 ]

2001 [edit ]

The ceremony took place on 4 October 2001 .

2002 [edit ]

The ceremony took set on 3 October 2002 .

2003 [edit ]

The ceremony took place on 2 October 2003 .

2004 [edit ]

The ceremony took place on 30 September 2004 .

It has been suggested that the study of this phenomenon has had major political consequences. Following the sensational stranding of a Soviet submarine deep inside Swedish waters on 27 October 1981, the Swedish navy initiated a large-scale campaign to guard Swedish territorial waters from the perceived threat of infiltration by foreign submarines, despite the Soviets consistently asserting that the stranding had occurred due to navigational errors. The “submarine hunts”, which lasted throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, have been a heavily debated issue in Sweden, as to whether or not there ever was any factual substance to the claims of Soviet infiltration. One widely reported piece of “evidence” were several sound recordings of what the Swedish navy suspected to be foreign submarines. Oceanographers and marine biologists were invited to study the recordings and would eventually find that the sounds heard were most probably produced not by submarines, but in fact were the noises made when herring passed gas. In a reportage by the Swedish science magazine “Vetenskapens värld” (“World of science”) televised on 16 April 2012, it’s suggested that these findings were important in putting an end to the costly “submarine hunts” which had continued for more than a decade, with Ig Nobel laurate Håkan Westerberg guessing that this would have saved Swedish tax payers hundreds of millions in SEK.[90]

2005 [edit ]

The ceremony took plaza on 6 October 2005 .

2006 [edit ]

The ceremony took place on 5 October 2006 .

2007 [edit ]

The ceremony took space on 4 October 2007.

2008 [edit ]

The ceremony took station on 2 October 2008. [ 126 ]

2009 [edit ]

The ceremony took identify on 1 October 2009 .

2010 [edit ]

The ceremony took locate on 30 September 2010 .

2011 [edit ]

The ceremony took place on 29 September 2011 .

2012 [edit ]

The ceremony took place on 20 September 2012 .

2013 [edit ]

The ceremony took put on 12 September 2013 .

  • Archaeology: Brian Crandall and Peter Stahl, for parboiling a dead shrew, and then swallowing the shrew without chewing, and then carefully examining everything excreted during subsequent days—all so they could see which bones would dissolve inside the human digestive system, and which bones would not.[190]
  • Biology/Astronomy: Marie Dacke, Emily Baird, Marcus Byrne, Clarke Scholtz, and Eric Warrant, for discovering that when dung beetles get lost, they can navigate their way home by looking at the Milky Way.[191]
  • Chemistry: Shinsuke Imai, Nobuaki Tsuge, Muneaki Tomotake, Yoshiaki Nagatome, Toshiyuki Nagata, and Hidehiko Kumagai, for discovering that the biochemical process by which onions make people cry is even more complicated than scientists previously realized.[192]
  • Medicine: Masateru Uchiyama, Xiangyuan Jin, Qi Zhang, Toshihito Hirai, Atsushi Amano, Hisashi Bashuda, and Masanori Niimi, for assessing the effect of listening to opera on mice which have had heart transplant operations.[193]
  • Peace: Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, for making it illegal to applaud in public, and to the Belarus State Police, for arresting a one-armed man for applauding.[194]
  • Probability: Bert Tolkamp, Marie Haskell, Fritha Langford, David Roberts, and Colin Morgan, for making two related discoveries: First, that the longer a cow has been lying down, the more likely that cow will soon stand up; and second, that once a cow stands up, you cannot easily predict how soon that cow will lie down again.[195]
  • Physics: Alberto Minetti, Yuri Ivanenko, Germana Cappellini, Nadia Dominici, and Francesco Lacquaniti, for discovering that some people would be physically capable of running across the surface of a pond—if those people and that pond were on the moon.[196]
  • Psychology: Laurent Bègue, Brad Bushman, Oulmann Zerhouni, Baptiste Subra, and Medhi Ourabah, for confirming, by experiment, that people who think they are drunk also think they are attractive.[197]
  • Public Health: Kasian Bhanganada, Tu Chayavatana, Chumporn Pongnumkul, Anunt Tonmukayakul, Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Krit Komaratal, and Henry Wilde, for the medical techniques described in their report “Surgical Management of an Epidemic of Penile Amputations in Siam”—techniques which they recommend, except in cases where the amputated penis had been partially eaten by a duck.[198]
  • Safety Engineering: The late Gustano Pizzo, for inventing an electro-mechanical system to trap airplane hijackers—the system drops a hijacker through trap doors, seals him into a package, then drops the encapsulated hijacker through the airplane’s specially-installed bomb bay doors, whence he parachutes to earth, where police, having been alerted by radio, await his arrival. (U.S. Patent 3,811,643

2014 [edit ]

The ceremony took plaza on 18 September 2014 .

2015 [edit ]

The ceremony took place on 17 September 2015 .

2016 [edit ]

The ceremony took target on 22 September 2016 .

  • Reproduction: The late Ahmed Shafik, for testing the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trousers on the sex life of rats,[224] and for then conducting similar tests on the human male.[225]
  • Economics: Mark Avis and colleagues, for assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, from a sales and marketing perspective.[226]
  • Physics: Gabor Horvath and colleagues, for discovering why white-haired horses are the most horsefly-proof horses,[227] and for discovering why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones.[228]
  • Chemistry: Volkswagen, for solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically producing fewer emissions whenever the cars are being tested.
  • Medicine: Christoph Helmchen and colleagues, for discovering that if you have an itch on the left side of your body, you can relieve it by looking into a mirror and scratching the right side of your body (and vice versa).[229]
  • Psychology: Evelyne Debey and colleagues, for asking a thousand liars how often they lie, and for deciding whether to believe those answers.[230]
  • Peace: Gordon Pennycook and colleagues, for their scholarly study called “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit”.[231]
  • Biology: Awarded jointly to: Charles Foster, for living in the wild as, at different times, a badger, an otter, a deer, a fox, and a bird; and to Thomas Thwaites, for creating prosthetic extensions of his limbs that allowed him to move in the manner of, and spend time roaming hills in the company of, goats.
  • Literature: Fredrik Sjöbergsv]
  • Perception: Atsuki Higashiyama and Kohei Adachi, for investigating whether things look different when you bend over and view them between your legs.[232]

2017 [edit ]

The ceremony took invest on 14 September 2017. [ 1 ] [ 233 ]

  • Physics: Marc-Antoine Fardin, for using fluid dynamics to probe the question “Can a Cat Be Both a Solid and a Liquid?”[234]
  • Peace: Milo Puhan, Alex Suarez, Christian Lo Cascio, Alfred Zahn, Markus Heitz, and Otto Braendli, for demonstrating that regular playing of a didgeridoo is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea and snoring.[235]
  • Economics: Matthew Rockloff and Nancy Greer, for their experiments to see how contact with a live crocodile affects a person’s willingness to gamble.[236]
  • Anatomy: James Heathcote, for his medical research study “Why Do Old Men Have Big Ears?”[237]
  • Biology: Kazunori Yoshizawa, Rodrigo Ferreira, Yoshitaka Kamimura, and Charles Lienhard, for their discovery of a female penis, and a male vagina, in a cave insect.[238]
  • Fluid Dynamics: Jiwon Han, for studying the dynamics of liquid-sloshing, to learn what happens when a person walks backwards while carrying a cup of coffee.[239]
  • Nutrition: Fernanda Ito, Enrico Bernard, and Rodrigo Torres, for the first scientific report of human blood in the diet of the hairy-legged vampire bat.[240]
  • Medicine: Jean-Pierre Royet, David Meunier, Nicolas Torquet, Anne-Marie Mouly and Tao Jiang, for using advanced brain-scanning technology to measure the extent to which some people are disgusted by cheese.[241]
  • Cognition: Matteo Martini, Ilaria Bufalari, Maria Antonietta Stazi, and Salvatore Maria Aglioti, for demonstrating that many identical twins cannot tell each other apart visually.[242]
  • Obstetrics: Marisa López-Teijón, Álex García-Faura, Alberto Prats-Galino, and Luis Pallarés Aniorte, for showing that a developing human fetus responds more strongly to music that is played electromechanically inside the mother’s vagina than to music that is played electromechanically on the mother’s belly.[243] Fetal Acoustic Stimulation Device, patent ES2546919B1, granted 29 September 2015 to Luis y Pallarés Aniorte and Maria Luisa López-Teijón Pérez.

2018 [edit ]

The ceremony took place on 13 September 2018. [ 244 ] [ full citation needed ]

  • Medicine: Marc Mitchell and David Wartinger, for using roller coaster rides to try to hasten the passage of kidney stones.[245]
  • Anthropology: Tomas Persson, Gabriela-Alina Sauciuc, and Elainie Madsen, for collecting evidence, in a zoo, that chimpanzees imitate humans about as often, and about as well, as humans imitate chimpanzees.[246]
  • Biology: Paul Becher, Sebastien Lebreton, Erika Wallin, Erik Hedenström, Felipe Borrero-Echeverry, Marie Bengtsson, Volker Jörger, and Peter Witzgall, for demonstrating that wine experts can reliably identify, by smell, the presence of a single fruit fly in a glass of wine.[247]
  • Chemistry: Paula Romão, Adília Alarcão and the late César Viana, for measuring the degree to which human saliva is a good cleaning agent for dirty surfaces.[248]
  • Medical Education: Akira Horiuchi, for the medical report “Colonoscopy in the Sitting Position: Lessons Learned From Self-Colonoscopy.”[249]
  • Literature: Thea Blackler, Rafael Gomez, Vesna Popovic and M. Helen Thompson, for documenting that most people who use complicated products do not read the instruction manual.[250]
  • Nutrition: James Cole, for calculating that the caloric intake from a human-cannibalism diet is significantly lower than the caloric intake from most other traditional meat diets.[251]
  • Peace: Francisco Alonso, Cristina Esteban, Andrea Serge, Maria-Luisa Ballestar, Jaime Sanmartín, Constanza Calatayud, and Beatriz Alamar, for measuring the frequency, motivation, and effects of shouting and cursing while driving an automobile.[252]
  • Reproductive Medicine: John Barry, Bruce Blank, and Michel Boileau, for using postage stamps to test whether the male sexual organ is functioning properly—as described in their study “Nocturnal Penile Tumescence Monitoring With Stamps.”[253]
  • Economics: Lindie Hanyu Liang, Douglas Brown, Huiwen Lian, Samuel Hanig, D. Lance Ferris, and Lisa Keeping, for investigating whether it is effective for employees to use Voodoo dolls to retaliate against abusive bosses.[254]

2019 [edit ]

The ceremony took place on 12 September 2019. [ 255 ]

  • Medicine: Silvano Gallus, for collecting evidence that pizza might protect against illness and death, if the pizza is made and eaten in Italy.[256]
  • Medical Education: Karen Pryor and Theresa McKeon, for using a simple animal-training technique—called “clicker training”—to train surgeons to perform orthopedic surgery.[257]
  • Biology: Ling-Jun Kong, Herbert Crepaz, Agnieszka Górecka, Aleksandra Urbanek, Rainer Dumke, and Tomasz Paterek, for discovering that dead magnetized cockroaches behave differently than living magnetized cockroaches.[258]
  • Anatomy: Roger Mieusset and Bourras Bengoudifa, for measuring scrotal temperature asymmetry in naked and clothed postmen in France.[259]
  • Chemistry: Shigeru Watanabe, Mineko Ohnishi, Kaori Imai, Eiji Kawano, and Seiji Igarashi, for estimating the total saliva volume produced per day by a typical five-year-old child.[260]
  • Engineering: Iman Farahbakhsh, for inventing a diaper-changing machine for use on human infants.[261]
  • Economics: Habip Gedik, Timothy A. Voss, and Andreas Voss, for testing which country’s paper money is best at transmitting dangerous bacteria.[262]
  • Peace: Ghada A. bin Saif, Alexandru Papoiu, Liliana Banari, Francis McGlone, Shawn G. Kwatra, Yiong-Huak Chan, and Gil Yosipovitch, for trying to measure the pleasurability of scratching an itch.[263]
  • Psychology: Fritz Strack, for discovering that holding a pen in one’s mouth makes one smile,[264] which makes one happier—and for then discovering that it does not.[265]
  • Physics: Patricia Yang, Alexander Lee, Miles Chan, Alynn Martin, Ashley Edwards, Scott Carver, and David Hu, for studying how, and why, wombats make cube-shaped feces.[266]

2020 [edit ]

The ceremony took place on 17 September 2020 and was webcast. [ 267 ]

2021 [edit ]

The 31st First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony took place on Thursday, 9 September 2021 and was webcast. [ 277 ] [ 278 ]

  • Biology: Susanne Schötz, Robert Eklund and Joost van de Weijer for analyzing variations in purring, chirping, chattering, trilling, tweedling, murmuring, meowing, moaning, squeaking, hissing, yowling, howling, growling, and other modes of cat-human communication.[279][280][281][282][283]
  • Ecology: Leila Satari, Alba Guillén, Àngela Vidal-Verdú, and Manuel Porcar, for using genetic analysis to identify the different species of bacteria that reside in wads of discarded chewing gum stuck on pavements in various countries.[284]
  • Chemistry: Jörg Wicker, Nicolas Krauter, Bettina Derstroff, Christof Stönner, Efstratios Bourtsoukidis, Achim Edtbauer, Jochen Wulf, Thomas Klüpfel, Stefan Kramer, and Jonathan Williams, for chemically analyzing the air inside movie theaters, to test whether the odours produced by an audience reliably indicate the levels of violence, sex, antisocial behavior, drug use, and profanity in the movie the audience is watching.[285]
  • Economics: Pavlo Blavatskyy, for discovering that the obesity of a country’s politicians may be a good indicator of that country’s corruption.[286]
  • Medicine: Olcay Cem Bulut, Dare Oladokun, Burkard Lippert, and Ralph Hohenberger, for demonstrating that sexual orgasms can be as effective as decongestant medicines at improving nasal breathing.[287]
  • Peace: Ethan Beseris, Steven Naleway, and David Carrier, for testing the hypothesis that humans evolved beards to protect themselves from punches to the face.[288]
  • Physics: Alessandro Corbetta, Jasper Meeusen, Chung-min Lee, Roberto Benzi, and Federico Toschi, for conducting experiments to learn why pedestrians do not constantly collide with other pedestrians.[289]
  • Kinetics: Hisashi Murakami, Claudio Feliciani, Yuta Nishiyama, and Katsuhiro Nishinari, for conducting experiments to learn how mutual anticipation can contribute to self-organization in crowds.[290]
  • Entomology: John Mulrennan Jr, Roger Grothaus, Charles Hammond, and Jay Lamdin, for their research study “A New Method of Cockroach Control on Submarines”.[291]
  • Transportation: Robin Radcliffe, Mark Jago, Peter Morkel, Estelle Morkel, Pierre du Preez, Piet Beytell, Birgit Kotting, Bakker Manuel, Jan Hendrik du Preez, Michele Miller, Julia Felippe, Stephen Parry, and Robin Gleed, for determining by experiment whether it is safer to transport an airborne rhinoceros upside-down.[292]

People who received multiple Ig Nobel Prizes [edit ]

  • Jacques Benveniste, 1991 and 1998 Chemistry
  • David Hu, 2015 and 2019 Physics
  • Alexander Lukashenko, 2013 Peace and 2020 Medical Education
  • Toshiyuki Nakagaki and colleagues, 2008 Cognitive Science and 2010 Transportation Planning
  • Joseph Keller, 1999 and 2012 Physics
  • Patricia Yang, 2015 and 2019 Physics

References [edit ]