I am delight that 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine had been awarded to Professor Robert G. Edwards who is a pioneer the technique of IVF.
Prof Edwards is working with Dr. Patrick Steptoe, gynaecologist which lead to the birth of first IVF baby, Louise Brown.
Their scientific work had help many infertile couple to have their own children.
Unfortunately, Dr Steptoe is not getting the award, he had passed away in 1988.
And thank god, Prof Edwards is healthy enough and able to live until now at the age of 85!
Why is the Nobel prize not given posthumous?
There are many individuals are not getting the prize because they are dead.
Let ‘s the example of the discovery of structure of DNA the double helix.
The Nobel prize is awarded to James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins.
Watson and Crick won’t be coming out with the double helix model without the work of 2 scientists, Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin.
Unfortunately Franklin died of Ovarian cancer in 1958 and the prize award to the discovery of DNA structure is happened in 1962.
Perhaps, The Nobel Prize committee should consider making the alteration to the existing rule. The prize allows the scientist works and reputations are being recognized and appreciated.