America finds the formula to rule the Earth
14 October 2010
Of the 43 current and former Harvard University academics to have won a Nobel Prize, most have come from the physical sciences.
In 1914, T. W. Richards won the chemistry prize for his research on the atomic weight of chemical elements; more recently, Roy J. Glauber took the prize for physics in 2005. And there have been more than a dozen other awards in chemistry and physics for Harvard scholars in between.
The physical sciences are yet another field dominated by American universities, with Harvard at the top. The US takes eight of the top 10 places in the subject table, with only the universities of Cambridge (eighth) and Oxford (10th) challenging its hegemony.
Europe, including the UK, takes about a quarter of the top 50 places, with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich in 11th place. Asia's top university in the physical sciences is Japan's University of Tokyo in 19th place.