275: Worn once, will never again be used. What’s the curious story behind this artifact?


274: George “ECG” Sudershan, prominent Indian American physicist. From Wikipedia,

There was a controversy involving Sudarshan and the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2005. Several physicists wrote a letter to the Swedish Academy, protesting that Sudarshan should have been awarded a share of the Prize for the Sudarshan-Glauber representation (or Sudarshan diagonal representation) in quantum optics, for which Roy J. Glauber won his share of the prize. Because the terms of Alfred Nobel‘s will restrict the number of Nobel Prize winners to three in a given year, the Nobel Committee has often been criticized for allegedly ignoring scientists who did seminal work on a topic while awarding a prize to other scientists for the same topic.[2]

For the first time, Sudarshan himself has broken his silence over the Nobel controversy. Speaking to the Hindustan Times, he expressed frustration at the way he was ignored for top science honours, saying “The 2005 Nobel prize for Physics was awarded for my work, but I wasn’t the one to get it. Each one of the discoveries that the Nobel was given for were based on my research.”[3]

About having been denied the Nobel in 1979 as well, Sudarshan said, “Steven Weinberg, Sheldon Glashow and Abdus Salam built on work I had done as a 26-year-old student. If you give a prize for a building, shouldn’t the fellow who built the first floor be given the prize before those who built the second floor?”

7 thoughts on “275

  1. The Imperial Crown of India – made for George V to wear when in India coz the Crown is never allowed out of Britan.

  2. The Queen Mother Elizabeth’s coronation crown, which contains pieces of the Koh-i-noor. She never wore it after the coronation, and it only came out of the Tower of London at her funeral.

  3. George V’s head may hurt after wearing the Imperial Crown of India,but I’m sure our Mahaquizzers wouldn’t mind wearing it instead

  4. The Imperial Crown of India.

    It was made for the coronation of King George V when he visited India in 1911 as it was forbidden by Old Royal Law for the British Crown Jewels themselves to leave the United Kingdom.

  5. The Imperial Crown Of India. According to British law, the British crown may not leave the shores of Britain, so when George V declared himself Emperor of India and made a visit in the early 20th century, he had to have a special crown made. It is now displayed in London along with the crown jewels, but it is not part of the crown jewels itself.

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