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US universities top for Nobel Prize winners

A new analysis shows that more Nobel Prize winners hail from US institutions than universities in any other country.

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US universities hold eight of the top 10 positions in a list of institutions that have produced the most Nobel Prize Laureates since the year 2000, according to a recent analysis by Times Higher Education.

Stanford University is number one, producing an impressive seven Nobel Laureates this century and Harvard University comes just outside the top 10.


The remaining two institutions to make up the world’s top ten are Israel’s Technion and Germany’s Max Planck Society, which have both gained awards for Chemistry.

Cambridge University in the UK makes 11th place, but the University of Oxford doesn’t feature as it hasn’t produced any winners this century.

In 2006, the US had a particularly strong performance – it was the only year since the start of the century where all the prize winners were from one country and affiliated with the country’s institutions.


It was also revealed that Australia is the only country whose nationals have received 100% of their awards in the same areas: Physiology or Medicine.


The data has been released ahead of the Times Higher’s World Academic Summit held next month at the University of Melbourne, which features a special session on nurturing the next generation of Nobel prize-winners.


The world’s universities with the most Nobel Prize Laureates this century: Top 10
Source: THE





Stanford University



Columbia University



University of California, Berkeley



Princeton University



University of Chicago



Howard Hughes Medical Institute



University of California, Santa Barbara



Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Technion – Israel Institute of Technology



Max Planck Society


Note: Literature and peace prize-winners were excluded from the analysis.

Did you know?

  • Nobel Prizes are annual international awards that recognise academic, cultural and scientific advances.
  • The prizes were established in 1895 by Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, most famously known for inventing dynamite.
  • Each recipient, known as a laureate, receives a gold medal, a diploma and a sum of money.
  • The prizes are awarded in Sweden, apart from the Peace Prize, which is awarded in Norway.
  • Two laureates have declined the Nobel Prize.
  • Laureates usually donate their prizes towards scientific, cultural, or humanitarian causes.

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Katie Duncan is Editor of Hotcourses Abroad and is an NCTJ-qualified journalist and University of Exeter graduate. Having worked at an English language school in the UK, as an educational consultant in Spain and as a reporter in the international education sector, she is well placed to guide you through your study abroad journey. Katie grew up in Australia, which perhaps explains her unusual reptile collection, comprising of a bearded dragon (Bill) and tortoise (Matilda).