Elsevier’s Nobel Laureates

All nine science laureates have Elsevier connections; Elsevier providing free access to their prize-winning research

Reed Elsevier is celebrating the achievements of the 2011 Nobel Laureates with a website and free access to the prizewinning research they published with Elsevier.

Over the years, the vast majority of Nobel laureates have published in Elsevier journals and books.  Our Nobel authors have included Alexander Fleming, honoured in 1945 for his discovery of penicillin, and Linus Pauling, who won both the Chemistry and Peace prizes.

In 2011, Elsevier once again has connections with all of the award-winning scientists.  They will be honoured at the Nobel Prize Ceremony on 10 December in Stockholm, on the date of Alfred Nobel’s birthday.

The prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded half to Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann "for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity" and half to Ralph M. Steinman.

Dr. Steinman died just three days before the Nobel committee’s call.  Dr. Steinman's research opened the doors to our understanding of how adaptive immune responses are initiated in response to different pathogens.  He ultimately developed an experimental vaccine he used to treat his own pancreatic cancer.  Dr. Steinman published in many Elsevier journals, co-wrote a chapter in Dendritic Cells: Biology and Clinical Applications, and contributed a chapter to The Mouse in Biomedical Research.  Dr. Beutler and Dr. Hoffman wrote numerous articles for Cell Press journals, and are members of Cell Host & Microbe’s editorial board.

The prize in Physics was awarded to Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G.Riess.  These laureates discovered that – contrary to what was believed – the expansion of the universe is actually accelerating.  The implication of the discovery is that three quarters of the universe remains an unknown form of energy, called dark energy.  They have also published in Elsevier journals including Physics Reports, Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics, New Astronomy Reviews, and Astroparticle Physics.

The prize in Chemistry was awarded to Dan Shechtman "for the discovery of quasicrystals."  He altered how chemists conceive of solid matter.  Shechtman published in the Ultramicropsy, Materials Letters, Acta Materialia, Diamond and Related Materials, Acta Biomaterialia, Metal Powder Report and others.

The prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to Christopher A. Sims and Thomas J. Sargent.  They developed methods that help policymakers and researchers answer crucial questions about GDP, inflation and investments.  Both have contributed to books such as the Handbook of Monetary Economics, and have published in journals including the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and European Economic Review.  Sargent also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Review of Economic Dynamics.