I can’t say I saw this coming. I’ve interviewed Professor Schmidt several times and was certainly aware he’s an astronomer of great distinction, but had no idea a Nobel was on the cards.I wonder whether he’s just being modest in saying he wasn’t either.
Australia has such an impressive record when it comes to the Medical Prize, and I’d seen speculation of we might have another one this year, but nothing about this. It’s been 94 years, if I’m not mistaken, although apparently Alexsandr Prokhorov was born here. And the Physics Department at Melbourne University used to claim a link to Max Born, via his rather more famous granddaughter.