Each year the Nobel Prizes in the natural sciences reveal amazing discoveries.
New milestones in the relentless advance of science are identified.
The growth of knowledge and its evolution can be researched in the Nobel archives where nominations are kept secret for 50 years after the awards have been made.
They represent a treasure for real-time assessment of science.
Norrby's earlier book, Nobel Prizes and Life Sciences (2010) examined the unique archival records until 1959.The present book takes us up to 1962, surveying a range of dazzling discoveries.
All prizes in immunology are reviewed. Their impact on our capacity to control infectious diseases and transplant organs are highlighted.
The Nobel year 1962 is exceptional in recognizing the most major advance in biology since Darwin in 1859 presented his theory of evolution.
This was the dramatic discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA by Watson and Crick in 1953.
The era of molecular biology had begun. Its explosive development continues into the present.