“Less than 10% of the nominations for the Nobel Prize in physics and chemistry are for women scientists and we cannot award someone who has not been nominated” – BBC News Mundo

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Göran Hansson is the Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

When Donna Strickland won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018, the headlines were not talking about her “groundbreaking inventions” in the field of lasers, but rather that 55 years had passed since a woman had received this award.

It is that in times when gender equality is being pushed throughout society, the historical numbers of the Nobel Prize winners are often a source of criticism.

Between 1901 and 2020 the Nobel Prize in science (that is, in the categories of medicine, physics, chemistry and economics) they have awarded a total of 710 people, of which only 25 are women. That equates to 3.5%.

“Women have been discriminated against in society for hundreds if not thousands of years and certainly also during the time of the Nobel Prize“, says the Swedish doctor and scientist Göran Hansson to BBC Mundo.

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“Less than 10% of the nominations for the Nobel Prize in physics and chemistry are for women scientists and we cannot award someone who has not been nominated” – BBC News Mundo

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