On 17th September 2020, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India won the Medical Education Prize of Ig Nobel Prize 2020 at the 30th First Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony over virtual platform. He became the 2nd Prime Minister from India to win the Ig Nobel Prize after Atal Bihari Vajpayee who won the 1998 Peace award for “Aggressively peaceful explosion of atomic bombs”.
Ig Nobel Prize:
i.The Ig Nobel Prize is an annual sarcastic or a parody award presented by the magazine “Annals of Improbable Research”, which is dedicated to scientific humors as a mockery of the standard academic journal.
ii.The word “Ignoble” is an antonym of nobel. The Ig Nobel Award was instituted in 1991 by Marc Abrahams with an objective to honour the achievements that make people laugh and then think.
iii.The award comprises a paper box trophy along with a real fake 10 trillion-dollar bill from Zimbabwe.
Ig Nobel Prize 2020 for Medical Education:
The Ig Nobel Prize 2020 for Medical Education is shared among Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Narendra Modi of India, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico, Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, Donald Trump of the USA, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Vladimir Putin of Russia, and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan, for “Using the Covid-19 pandemic to show the world that politicians can have more impacts on life and death than scientists and doctors”.
Peace Prize to India and Pakistan:
The Government of India and Pakistan together won the Ig Nobel Prize 2020 for peace for “having their diplomats surreptitiously ring each other’s doorbells in the middle of the night, and then run away before anyone had a chance to answer the door.”
Recent Related News:
i.On 11th June 2020, 76-year-old Indian-American Soil scientist, Dr. Rattan Lal received the 2020 World Food Prize Laureate (250,000 USD – Rs. 1.89 crore) for developing and mainstreaming a soil centric approach to increase food production that conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change.
ii.On June 4, 2020 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (67 years old), Executive Chairperson of India-based Biocon Limited was named as EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 for her contribution to improve access to affordable life- saving medicine & transform the world in one of its kind virtual entrepreneurship award ceremony.
About Improbable Research:
Editor- Marc Abrahams
Headquarters– Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA