As luck would have it | Geek-God Scientist wins both IG Nobel and Nobel

Andre Geim
01 November, 2010

Andre Geim might have won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics (along with Konstantin Novoselov) “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material grapheme,” a cheap, near-invulnerable substance with applicability in thousands of real-life functions, but he has become something of a youth and geek god because of a decade-old recognition of scientific lunacy beyond the call of duty: he had won the 2000 Ig Nobel Prize—which spoofs the po-faced Nobel by recognising loopy research—for levitating a frog with a magnet. Beyond the absurdity was serious research, which appeared in the European Journal of Physics in 1997 under the vaguely Fantasy/Science Fiction title ‘Of Flying Frogs and Levitrons.’ As is expected, Geim doesn’t take himself or his vocation seriously.

Andre Geim accepting the Ig Nobel