Nobel Prize for medicine to go to dead scientist Ralph Steinman

October 4th, 2011 - 8:05 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Oslo, Oct 4 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The organizers of the Nobel Prize are left in a fix after it emerged that one of the scientists named for a top prize in medicine has indeed passed away just days before. That wouldn’t have been a problem if the rules didn’t state that the prize shouldn’t be awarded posthumously.

Canadian-born scientist Ralph Steinman was named as the recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize for medicine. He is being honored along with American scientist Bruce Beutler and biologist Jules Hoffmann from France. Their recognition comes from their contribution into shedding more light on the immune system. The trio will share the prize money of 10 million Swedish kronor which is well over $1.5 million.

When the officials of the Nobel Prize Committee met after they realized that Steinman has died, they decided that his case should be treated with exception. Incredibly, Steinman died just a couple of days prior to the decision of the committee to award him the prize.

Steinman died on Friday from pancreatic cancer. He was 68 years old.

In a statement, his daughter, Alexis, said that, “We are all so touched that our father’s many years of hard work are being recognized with a Nobel Prize. He devoted his life to his work and his family, and he would be truly honored.”

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