Ig Nobel Ceremony 2001 Details

The Ig Nobel Wedding of Lisa and Will

The 2001 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will include an extra-special event -- the wedding of two scientists: Lisa Danielson and Will Stefanov.

This page gives basic information about the wedding, and about how it will fit into the Ig Nobel Ceremony.


General Info:

  • Lisa and Will's Wedding home page
  • If you are a member of Lisa's or Will's family and want to come to the wedding, please get in touch with the happy couple ASAP for special arrangements. Everyone else is welcome to come too, of course (simply get Ig Nobel tickets the usual way).
  • The wedding -- and the entire Ig Nobel Prize ceremony -- will be televised live on the Internet.
  • What else will happen at the 2001 Ig ceremony?

Answers to the Obvious Questions:

  • Will this be a real wedding ceremony? Yes.
  • Are Lisa and Will really scientists? Yes. Both are geologists based at Arizona State University.
  • Will the wedding really be part of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony? Yes.
  • May I come to the ceremony? Yes -- the world is invited. If you are a relative or close friend of Lisa and/or Will, please get in touch with the happy couple ASAP to learn about special arrangements. Everyone else should get Ig Nobel tickets in the usual way.
  • How did Lisa and Will come to be getting married at the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony? They answered a notice that appeared in the June 2001 issue of mini-AIR. The notice said:
  • If you are planning to get married, we invite you to do it on stage at Sanders Theatre on October 4 as part of this year's Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. The theme for this year's Ig ceremony will be "Complexity." Working an actual marriage into the fabric of the Ig Nobel ceremony can only enhance that concept. The entire marriage portion of the ceremony will have to be accomplished in sixty seconds, but it will be a thrilling sixty seconds, televised on the Internet and with 1200 very happy people (and several thousand paper airplanes) physically present in the theatre.

  • Will the wedding ceremony be performed in 60 seconds? Yes. The time limit will be strictly enforced by Mr. John Barrett, the official Ig Nobel Referee.
  • Who will perform the wedding? Gary Dryfoos, the Ig Nobel Ceremony's Majordomo. He is fully qualified to legally perform marriages.
  • How many guests will be in attendance? 1200, including many of the new Ig Nobel Prize winners and also including a number of Nobel Laureates. The ceremony will be televised live on the Internet, and also recorded for later broadcast on National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation/Science Friday with Ira Flatow" program. Video of the ceremony will be be archived on the Internet.
  • How will the wedding ceremony fit into the overall Ig Nobel Ceremony? The Ig Nobel Ceremony will include the world premiere of "The Wedding Complex," a mini-opera about scientists scientifically planning a wedding. The mini-opera, and the entire Ig Nobel Ceremony, will culminate in the actual wedding of Lisa and Will.
  • A mini-opera? Yes. Every Ig Nobel Ceremony includes (in addition to the awarding of the Ig Nobel Prizes, and all that) the world premiere of a new science-related mini-opera. The opera is performed by professional opera singers and Nobel Laureates. This year's mini-opera, "The Wedding Complex," is in four acts. The plot is about scientists who use complexity theory to plan their friends' wedding. The final act of the opera will lead immediately into the actual wedding of Lisa and Will.
  • If I come to the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, should I bring a wedding gift for Lisa and Will? You and the other 1199 guests are under no obligation or expectation to bring gifts. However, if you would really like to bring a happy little something, that would be delightful.

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