When a top science professional wins the Nobel Prize, he or she can be almost anywhere when he or she hears the news.
This sometimes leads to rather strange situations. For example, one of the 2016 Nobel Laureates in Physics, Mike Kosterlitz, was a colleague at the time of receiving the information, a professor at Aalto University Tapio Ala-Nissilän with the Espoo shopping center Sello in the parking garage.
The duo were on their way to lunch, so after the call Kosterlitz hung up and the men went for sushi.
This year the Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to American economists and professors Paul R. Milgromille and Robert B. Wilsonille From Stanford University. The award was based on the development of auction theories.
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The awards committee failed to reach Milgrom, so Wilson was sent to his door at 2.15 p.m. Milgrom’s doorbell camera recorded the situation.
Even happier is that when the doorbell rang, Milgrom’s wife, who was in Stockholm at the time of the incident, received a security camera notification on her smartphone. In other words, Mrs. Milgrom was seen live when her husband was told about the award.
The story was originally published In Tekniikka & Talous magazine.