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The awarding of such prizes is often problematic. The woman who discovered the double helix of DNA did not get a Nobel prize: 1) Because she was a woman, and 2) because she died before they handed out the prizes for that discovery... you have to be alive at the time of voting. The woman that discovered atomic fission likewise saw that Nobel go to a man. There is also the assertion (made mostly by mathematicians) that there is no Nobel prize in Mathematics because Alfred Nobel's wife ran off with a Mathematician.

In addition to the Nobel prizes there is also the Darwin Awards. The Darwin Awards are given to people of less than stellar intellect who improve the Human gene pool by removing themselves from it... getting themselves killed doing something stupid. Trump's non-mask wearing MAGA supporters have received thousands of nominations but the Darwin people want to keep their award out of politics.

There is the Ignobel Prizes given out to the most pointless research. This year's Medical Education prize was awarded to an international team from 8 nations that proved "the Covid-19 viral pandemic [was able] to teach the world that politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death than scientists and doctors can". https://www.improbable.com/ig-about/winners/#ig2020 The Ignobel Prizes originated fro "The Journal of Irreproducable Results" which, contrary to its title covered pointless research rather research whose results could not be replicated.

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