Three Scientists, Including from Japan, Win Nobel Prize in Physics

Japanese citizens on Tuesday (5/10) welcomed the news of the victory of three scientists, including a scientist from Japan, who won the Nobel Prize in physics.

The three scientists won the prestigious award for discovering order in disorder that helps explain and predict complex forces of nature, including broadening the understanding of climate change.

Syukuro Manabe from Japan and Klaus Hasselmann from Germany were declared winners for their work in “physical modeling the Earth’s climate, measuring variability, and reliably predicting global warming.”

Japanese scientist Syukuro Manabe (right) speaks to reporters at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, after being announced as a Nobel laureate in Physics on October 5, 2021. (Photo: AP/Seth Wenig)

Japanese scientist Syukuro Manabe (right) speaks to reporters at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, after being announced as a Nobel laureate in Physics on October 5, 2021. (Photo: AP/Seth Wenig)

The special edition newspaper that made the news of the victory was distributed to passersby in Tokyo, after the news spread widely Monday night (4/10).

The award was also awarded to Giorgio Parisi of Italy for the “discovery of the interaction of disorder and fluctuation in physical systems from atomic to planetary scale.”

All three works on so-called “complicated systems” of which climate is only one example.

Jurors said Manabe, 90, and Hasselmann, 89, had “laid the foundation for knowledge about the earth’s climate and how human actions affect it.”

Beginning in the 1960s Manabe demonstrated how increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would increase global surface temperatures, laying the foundation for today’s climate models. (em / jm)

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