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December 8, 1906

America's Neglect of the Nobel Prizes.

Author Affiliations

Vice Consul of Norway.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(23):1933-1934. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520230069015

Wakefield, Neb., Oct. 29, 1906.

To the Editor:  —Referring to your editorial of April 15, 1905, on "Our attitude toward the Nobel prizes," I would like to ask if any effort has as yet been made to secure any of these prizes for American work?Believing that the expression of jealousy in the news columns of The Journal, Dec. 25, 1905, page 1966, shows plainly the existence of misconception or lack of knowledge regarding the method of awarding these prizes, I reproduce the following authoritative description of the "Nobel Foundation" under which name this prize-awarding institution is officially known.1"Alfred Nobel bequeathed nearly the whole of his fortune (more than 30 million kronor) to a fund, the interest of which shall be annually paid out to those who during the immediate past 'have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind' in certain lines. The interest is to be divided into

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