At least 201 Jews and people of half- or three-quarters-Jewish ancestry have been awarded the Nobel Prize,1 accounting for 23% of all individual recipients worldwide between 1901 and 2017, and constituting 37% of all US recipients2 during the same period.3  In the scientific research fields of Chemistry, Economics, Physics, and Physiology/Medicine, the corresponding world and US percentages are 26% and 39%, respectively.  Among women laureates in the four research fields, the Jewish percentages (world and US) are 33% and 50%, respectively.  Of organizations awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 21% were founded principally by Jews or by people of half-Jewish descent.  Since the turn of the century (i.e., since the year 2000), Jews have been awarded 26% of all Nobel Prizes and 28% of those in the scientific research fields.  (Jews currently make up approximately 0.2% of the world's population and 2% of the US population.)
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1. This enumeration constitutes an update and an expansion of the information on Jewish Nobel Prize winners contained in the 1997 CD ROM edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica (EJ97), from which 116 of the names listed here were obtained.  (The Encyclopaedia Judaica was listed by the Library Journal as one of its "Top 50 Reference Works of the Millennium."  EJ97 was itself a runner-up for the American Library Association's Dartmouth Medal for best reference work of 1997.)  Nearly all of the additional entries, as well as some of those obtained from EJ97, are accompanied by explanatory footnotes. Approximately 15% of those listed (and about 10% of the Americans listed) are, or were, of half-Jewish descent.
2. Defined as those Recipients with US Nationality at the time of award.

3. In enumerating Nobel Prize winners, we have followed the Nobel Foundation's practice of counting multiple-time recipients only once. 
4. Percentages are based on awards to individuals only, i.e., the computation excludes awards to organizations.  Five of the twenty-four organizations awarded Nobel Peace Prizes were, however, founded or (in one case) co-founded principally by Jews or people of half-Jewish descent. For details, see Jewish Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.


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