Nobel Foundation says Steinman to remain Nobel laureate
Nobel committee announced Ralph Steinman as one of the recipient of the 2011 Nobel prize for medicine without knowing he had died on Sept. 30.
Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 02:05 PM
TOP PRIZE: A picture of John A. Pople's Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1998. Despite Nobel rules against awarding prizes to the dead, Ralph Steinman will still be credited alongside Bruce Beutler and Jules Hoffman. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
STOCKHOLM - The Nobel Foundation said on Monday a decision to award the 2011 Nobel Prize for medicine or physiology to Canadian scientist Ralph Steinman would remain unchanged despite his death.
Steinman was awarded the prize together with Bruce Beutler and Jules Hoffmann for increasing understanding of the immune system.
Rules set up in 1974 prevent the Nobel Committee from awarding the prizes posthumously, unless death has occurred after the announcement of the Nobel Prize.
Steinman died on Sept. 30 and the committee announced the prize without knowing of his death.
"The events that have occurred are unique and, to the best of our knowledge, are unprecedented in the history of the Nobel Prize," the foundation said in a statement.
"According to the statutes of the Nobel Foundation, work produced by a person since deceased shall not be given an award. However, the statutes specify that if a person has been awarded a prize and has died before receiving it, the prize may be presented."
(Reporting by Mia Shanley)
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