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Rosbash and Hall deliver their Nobel lectures

Michael Rosbash delivers his Nobel lecture in Sweden

Before a packed crowd of nearly 1,000 people who gave them two standing ovations, professors Michael Rosbash and Jeff Hall delivered their Nobel lectures, thanking past students, acknowledging debts to other scientists, and heaping praise on the animals they used in their research — fruit flies.

The event at the Karolinska Institute, the prestigious medical university in Stockholm, is one of the highlights of Nobel Week. The auditorium’s large stage was decorated with small Christmas trees wrapped in lights and, in keeping with a Nobel tradition, the ushers wore traditional Swedish folk costumes. (You can watch the lectures on the Nobel Prize YouTube channel.)

Hall and Rosbash won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for identifying the processes inside cells that drive circadian rhythms. They shared the prize with The Rockefeller University’s Michael Young, who also did pioneering work on circadian rhythms and delivered his own speech at the gathering.

Receiving the award “has left me speechless,” Rosbash said at the outset of his address, “but being speechless is not really appropriate here, so I’m afraid I am going to have to screw up my courage and say something.”

Read more about Rosbash and Hall's Nobel lectures here.

Categories: Faculty
Date: December 11, 2017