On Tuesday, the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics was won by the scientists for their work that helps understand complex physical systems like Earth’s changing climate. The three scientists to grab the award are, Japanese-born American Syukuro Manabe, German Klaus Hasselmann, and Italian Giorgio Parisi.
The decision was hailed by the U.N. Manabe, 90, and Hasselmann, 89, are jointly awarded half of the prize of 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.15 million), a sign of consensus surrounding human-caused global warming. Parisi is credited with the other half for discovering the “hidden rules” behind seemingly random movements and swirls in liquids and gases that can be applied to aspects of neuroscience, machine learning, and the flight pattern of starlings in the early 1980s.
According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, “Giorgio Parisi is rewarded for his revolutionary contribution to the theory of disordered materials and random processes. Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselman laid the foundation of our knowledge of the Earth’s climate and how humans influence it”.
Scientist Hasselmann described this reward as a beautiful dream and does not wish to wake up from it.