Nobel Prizes: Which schools have won the most?


(Correction: Rockefeller University has won 17 awards, including six when the institution had a different name. An earlier version said Rockefeller had won 11 Nobels.)

It’s that time of year again when the Nobel Prizes are bestowed on the world’s brilliant, accomplished and lucky in the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, economics, literature and peace.

The prizes have been given since 1901 — and from then until 2011, 549 awards were made, with only 44 of them going to women.

Which schools or scientific institutions have faculty/researchers who have won the most Nobels over time? Here’s the list, as compiled from  information on the official Nobel Prize Web site. You can see the entire list of institutions with individual winners here.

Some schools have Nobel winners listed from different parts of the institution; for example, Harvard has winners from its Medical School in Boston as well as the university, the Biological Laboratories and the Lyman Laboratory, all in Cambridge.

The following shows the total number of Nobels that an institution has received not including the awards being given this week.

Harvard University: 32

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 18

California Institute of Technology: 17

Rockefeller University 17

Stanford University: 17

University of California at Berkeley:  17

Columbia University: 16

University of Chicago: 16

Princeton University: 12

Max Planck Institutes: 11

Oxford University: 9

And the public school system with the largest number of Nobel Prizes is, hands down, the University of California system, with 36 awards.

Note that only the last two institutions on the last are based in Europe; the rest are from the United States.










Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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