These are the universities with the most Nobel laureates

Tar Gábor | 2022-10-27
A few days ago, the winners of this year's Nobel Prizes were announced. We took a look at the universities where the winners received their bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. We also show the top 10 universities with the most Nobel Prize Winners.

From 3 to 10 October, during what is known as Nobel Week, the winners of this year’s Nobel Prizes were announced. The prizes will traditionally be presented at the annual Prize Award Ceremony on 10 December, the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the founder of the prize.

This year’s Nobel laureates are:

Nobel Prize in medicine

Svante Pääbo (Swedish): Uppsala University (PhD)

Nobel Prize in chemistry

Barry Sharpless (American): Dartmouth College (BA), Stanford University (MS, PhD)

Morten Meldal (Danish): Technical University of Denmark (BS, MS, PhD)

Carolyn R. Bertozzi (American): Harvard University (BS), University of California, Berkeley (MS, PhD)

Nobel Prize in physics:

Alain Aspect (French): Université d’Orsay (later known as Université Paris-Sud) (MS, PhD)

John F. Clauser (American): California Institute of Technology (BS), Columbia University (MA, PhD)

Anton Zeilinger (Austrian): University of Vienna (UG, PhD)

Nobel Prize in economic sciences:

Ben S. Bernanke (American): Harvard University (AB, AM), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (PhD)

Douglas W. Diamond (American): Brown University (BA), Yale University (MA, MPhil, PhD)

Philip H. Dybvig (American): Indiana University (BA), University of Pennsylvania, Yale University (MA, MPhil, PhD)

Nobel Prize in literature:

Annie Ernaux (French): University of Rouen, University of Bordeaux (teacher of literature)

Nobel Peace Prize:

Ales Bialiatski (Belarus) (alongside the Russian human rights organisation Memorial and the Ukrainian Centre for Civil Liberties): Gomel State University (BA) (teacher of Russian and Belarusian language and literature)

The medal to literature laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah (2021) (Photo: © Nobel Prize Outreach, Hugh Fox )

Top 10 universities with the most Nobel Prize Winners

Even before this year’s Nobel Prize laureates were named, CEOWORLD magazine compiled a top 10 list of universities with the most Nobel Prize winners (who either graduated or lectured at the given university). The top 10 included seven American, two British and one French university.

  1. Harvard University (USA)
  2. Columbia University (USA)
  3. University of Cambridge (UK)
  4. University of Chicago (USA)
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (USA)
  6. University of California, Berkeley (USA)
  7. Oxford University (UK)
  8. Stanford University (USA)
  9. Yale University (USA)
  10. University of Paris (France)

Global university rankings

The top 10 universities in terms of the number of Nobel laureates are of course also at the top of the traditional rankings for higher education. A few days ago, we reported that the University of Oxford has topped again – for the seventh consecutive year – the global ranking of Times Higher Education (THE). Harvard University remains in second place, while the University of Cambridge and Stanford University are ranked joint third.

In another prestigious global university ranking – the list published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) – the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been ranked first this year, meaning that MIT has been earning the top spot for more than a decade. Cambridge came in second place and Stanford in third.