In many cases, the country of origin for a Nobel Laureate is different from the country where his important work was done. We can gain important information from both the country of origin, and the country of work and residence — including information about freedoms and opportunities in the different nations.
Many of the important technological discoveries that underlie modern affluence come from the sciences, including physics. And because the IQs of physicists tend to be higher than most other occupations, we can learn something about the IQs of populations based upon where physics laureates originated — and where they did not.
Over the course of the 20th century, European nations were caught up in deadly wars and devastating economic downturns. These all took their toll on Europe’s ability to produce top quality scientific work. In the 21st century Europe is undergoing an accelerating dysgenic decline which is apt to handicap the continent further.
This pie chart records Nobel Laureates by country up to the year 2010.
A bar graph to the year 2010 has a somewhat different impact than the pie chart.
A careful look at “African” Nobel Prizes reveals one reason why Africa is called “the dark continent.” Other than prizes in “Peace” and “Literature,” the only Nobel prizes awarded in Africa went to North Africans and to white South Africans.
The prizes in Peace and Literature are awarded on ambiguous, subjective grounds — often for political reasons of transitory fashion.
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561 Nobel Prizes!
Between 1901 and 2013, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 561 times.
Nobel Prize Number of Prizes Number of Laureates Awarded to one Laureate Shared by two Laureates Shared by three Laureates Physics 107 196 47 31 29 Chemistry 105 166 63 22 20 Medicine 104 204 38 31 35 Literature 106 110 102 4 – Peace 94 101+25 64 28 2 Economic Sciences 45 74 22 16 7 Total: 561 876 336 132 93
The bar graphic of Fields Medals in mathematics above reveals the country of origin of prize winners. But regardless of country of origin, almost all of the original work that resulted in earning the prize, took place inside either Europe, the US, or the UK. Both items of data — country of origin and country where the important work was done — are important.
If current demographic trends continue, the populations that produced most of the high IQ Nobel Laureates of the past will shrink, and the populations that have produced almost none of the high IQ Nobel Laureates will explode. What do you suppose this will mean for the crucial scientific breakthroughs of the future?
The future of humanity is too important to leave to governments and inter-governmental organisations. The twin crises of debt and demographic decline cast dark shadows over the future.
Perhaps it is time for some Nobel-class innovative solutions to this inconvenient and troublesome conundrum.