This Year's Nobel Prize Winner Left Science Because Of Lack Of Funding

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was announced on Monday, October 2. Nobel Prize/YouTube

It is an exhausting system to be sure, and one that has recently been called out by scientists. The struggle for junior researchers to build their careers often results in a pressure bubble, where the quantity of publications pays out over quality in the pursuit of job security. 

Whether Dr Hall still feels the same in today’s current science climate remains to be seen. However, if his sentiments remain similar, that's likely to be the case, with the Trump administration attempting to slash science funding and post-doctoral pressures climbing.

In terms of Dr Hall's contributions to science, the Nobel prize committee wrote that “circadian biology has developed into a vast and highly dynamic research field, with implications for our health and wellbeing." Such implications include how our internal clock regulates functions such as hormone levels, sleep, body temperature, and metabolism.

For his groundbreaking discoveries into the world of biological clocks, Dr. Hall will split the monetary prize of $970,000 equally with the two other scientists.


[H/T: Quartz Media

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