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Monday, May 11, 2009

Lindau scientists unveil online archive

Group of nobel laureate winners based in Lindau, Germany, under the auspices of Nobel Laureate Meetings have unveiled an online scientific archive spanning over six decades.

Officer in charge of Communications, Mr. Christian Rapp, made this disclosure, weekend and said that the online archive is in commemoration of the 100th birthday of the co-founder, Count Lennart Bernadotte (1909-2004), with the launch of a project in science history.

This, he said, are mainly lectures held by Nobel Laureates over the past six decades at their Meetings in Lindau in a digitalized form and made accessible online since May 8, which is Count Lennart’s 100th birthday.

According to him, notable researchers like Rita Levi-Montalcini, Werner Heisenberg, Paul Dirac, Konrad Lorenz and James Watson equally shared their experiences of working in the laboratory, or even the pathways to making groundbreaking discoveries.

Rapp in a press statement made available to Champion Infotel, noted that listeners will be able to understand their successes, failures, and unexpected detours.

“With the project, the council and foundation of the Nobel Laureate Meetings encourage young people’s interest in science and research within their ‘Mission: Education,’ he said.

President, Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, Countess Bettina Bernadotte, was quoted as saying that Count Lennart Bernadotte thought it was very important to record the lectures during the Nobel Laureate Meetings and to preserve them for future generations.

“That is why I’m especially pleased that we will be able to unbury this ‘treasure’ for scientific enthusiasts everywhere and make it available on our website in honour of his 100th birthday,” she said.

Noting that the first eleven lectures where held at Nobel Laureate Meetings from 1968 to 1993, could now be accessible.

The Nobel Laureate in Physics from 1915, Lawrence Bragg, described the complexity of crystallographic processes for determining the structure of protein molecules in his lecture from 1968. Stressing that focusing on this area of work together with scientists and Nobel Laureates like Max Perutz and Francis Crick since 1938; the second woman to win a Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, Rosalyn Yalow (1977), could also be heard.

While Ragnar Frisch, who won the first-ever Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel along with Jan Tinbergen in 1969, offers an optimistic view of the potential uses for “Computer Science,” a method that still remains relevant today in light of the current international economic crisis.

Rita Levi-Montalcini of Physiology or Medicine, 1986, who was born the same year as Count Lennart Bernadotte, who celebrating her 100th birthday this year, discussed “Magna Charta of Human Duties,” pointing out that this catalogue of human responsibilities, made it possible to effectively implement declarations of human rights.



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