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Martin Rees criticizes Nobel academy for ‘unfair’ physics prize

The Nobel committee is "damagingly constrained" by the tradition that a prize cannot be shared among more than three individuals, says Astronomer Royal Martin Rees.

Rees, the former president of the Royal Society, was reacting to the news on 4 October that Saul Perlmutter of the University of California, Berkeley, Adam Riess of the Johns Hopkins University’s Space Telescope Science Institute, and Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University share the Nobel prize for physics for their discovery that the universe’s expansion is accelerating. They studied Type 1a supernovae, determining that more-distant objects seem to move faster. The prize was announced earlier today. All three were born in the US.

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