The Ig® Nobel Prizes Archive
Here you can find an archive of highlights, programs, photos, videos, and more from past Ig Nobel Prize Ceremonies, dating back to 1991. Find it all (or at least links to it all) right here on this page!
2011 : 2010 : 2009 : 2008 : 2007
2006 : 2005 : 2004 : 2003 : 2002
2001 : 2000 : 1999 : 1998 : 1997
Baham Sadeghi produced a series of six mini-movies, each featuring a different Ig Nobel Prize winner.
2012 : 2011 : 2010 : 2009
2008 : 2007 : 2006 : 2005 : 2004
2003 : 2002 : 2001 : 2000 : 1999
1998 : 1997 : 1996 : 1995 : 1994
- 2012: "The Intelligent Designer and The Universe" [libretto (PDF)]
- 2011: "Chemist in a Coffee Shop" [libretto (PDF)]
- 2010: "The Bacterial Opera" [video]
- 2009: "The Big Bank Opera" [video: Act 1 Act 2 Act 3 Act 4]
- 2008: "Redundancy, Again" [libretto]
- 2007: "Chicken Versus Egg" [libretto]
- 2006: "Inertia Makes The World Go Around" [libretto (PDF)
- 2005: "The Count of Infinity" [libretto (PDF)]
- 2004: "The Atkins Diet Opera" [libretto (PDF)]
- 2003: "Atom and Eve" [libretto]
- 2002: "The Jargon Opera" [libretto]
- 2001: "The Wedding Complex" [libretto]
- 2000: "The Brain Food Opera" [libretto]
- 1999: "The Seedy Opera" [libretto]
- 1998: "La Forza Del Duct Tape [libretto]
- 1997: "Il Kaboom Grosso" [libretto]
- 1996: "Lament Del Cockroach" [libretto]
Every year, one issue of the Annals of Improbable Research magazine is devoted to coverage of that year's Ig winners and the associated Ceremony.
There are several books (in several languages) about the Ig Nobel Prizes with copiously juicy details about the winners. The Ig Nobel Prizes and its various sequels, The Best of Annals of Improbable Research.
Find these and many others in our Improbable Bookstore.
|1998 winner Troy Hurtubise holds aloft his Ig Nobel Prize. Troy returned to the 1999 ceremony, and gave one of the Ig lectures two days later.|
|11-year old Emily Rosa, the youngest person ever to publish a research paper in a major medical journal, delivered a keynote address at the '98 Ig ceremony, as Nobellian William Lipscomb looked on. Emily returned to the 1999 ceremony, and gave one of the 1999 Ig Lectures two days later.|
|Among those who helped honor the 1998 winners were (left to right) Nobel Laureates Sheldon Glashow and Dudley Herschbach, magician/science observer James ("the Amazing") Randi, Harvard Physics Professor Roy Glauber, Nobellian Richard Roberts, and referee John Barrett.|
Many people say memorable things about the Ig Nobels: Irish Times, Le Parisienne, Japan Times, Vetenskaps-Nyheter [video], La Vanguardia, Chemical & Engineering News, Cosmic Log, Psychological Science, Yale News, The Homer Tribune, Popular Mechanics, City of Vilnius, The Daily Edge, Ars Technica, Niagara This Week, Central European University, Financial Times [AUDIO], Die Zeit, Huffington Post, Maclean's, Computerworld, Daily Telegraph, RTT News, BBC News [VIDEO], Pour la Science, Observator [Romania, with VIDEO], The Hindu, Time, Time Machine LA-7-TV [VIDEO], Gulf News, Irish Times, Economic Times (and another editorial), The Independent, The Street, INTER TV Ukraine [VIDEO], Dagens Nyheter, Business Daily, New Europe, Reader's Digest, Maxim, Dagbladet, Jeopardy!, BMJ, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Tages Anzeiger, Innovation Finance Observer [1 and 2], Clarin,San Diego Union-Tribune, KCAL-TV [video and video], Financieel Dagblad, Ping Pong Top [video], Dundee Courier, Science Life, ABC Radio National [video and, quite differently, audio], Gizomodo, Financial Times, Have I Got News for You [video], Japan Times, Ukraine Weekly Mirror, Mass High Tech, Nos por Ca [video], JoongAng, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The World [AUDIO], AOL News, Wall Street Journal [VIDEO], Chronicle [VIDEO], MSNBC [VIDEO], Reader's Digest, Nature Network, Der Spiegel, Live Science, ABC News [video], The Street, Times of India, Extreme Surprise [video], Popular Mechanics, How Things Work, Polityka, La Repubblica, Vancouver Sun, Livemint, Channel 4 News [video], Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, TG2 [Italy, with video], NOWNews [Taiwan, with video], La Recherche, Novayagazeta, Nature News, Montreal Gazette, China Youth Daily, L'Expression, El Nacional, Wall Street Journal, The Heights, FNN [Japan, with video], Network World, Upstreet, CBS News Sunday Morning [with video], MSN [in two parts: 1 and 2], ACS Chemical Biology, Associated Press, NTV [Russia, with video], Popular Science, El Spectador, The Age, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,Quest, New Scientist, Muy Interesante Junior, Nashua Telegraph, Montreal Gazette, Discovery Channel's Daily Planet [video report], The Sun, Noordelicht, Etiqueta Negra, National Business Review, The Sentinel, Agence France Presse, Wired News, Nature, BBC, Gulf News, Cambridge Chronicle, Shanghai Daily, Montreal Gazette, Blogcritics, CNN [with video], The Diamondback, Asahi Shimbun, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Financial Times, The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, The Washington Post, The Guardian, China Central Television [20-minute video report], Russkii Newsweek(1,2,3,4), Asia-Pacific Perspectives, The Today Show, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Guardian, The Daily Yomiuri, Asahi Shimbun, CBS News (video and commentary),the New Zealand Herald, The New York Stringer, The New Indian Express, the BBC, and The Times of London, and more. Some thoughts, recent, recent, slightly less recent and otherwise, about the Igs, about some of the winners, about what they may have done, maybe. Science magazine ponders "How big a help is an Ig?"
Personal reminiscences of some participants: Andre Geim in his official Nobel interview on the day he won a Nobel Prize in physics, ten years after winning an Ig Nobel Prize in physics, and on NPR [AUDIO] and The Guardian [AUDIO], Karl Halvor Teigen [VIDEO], Hideki Tanemura, part of the Wasabi Alarm invention team (and some business colleagues), Anna Wilkinson, Peter Snyder [VIDEO], Mirjam Tuk [AUDIO], Kate Clancy, Andrea Rapisarda, Elena Bodnar, Natasha Rosenberg [the original Miss Sweetie Poo], Miguel Apatiga, Dan Simons, Chittaranjan Andrade, Fumiaki Taguchi (1 and 2), Stephan Bolliger [audio], Elena Bodnar [video, newspaper, newspaper]. Paul Krugman, Peaco Todd, Robert Matthews, Steve Nadis, Dan Ariely and Francis Fesmire [video], Chuang-Ye Hong [video], Glenda Browne, Paul&Storm and Benoit Mandelbrot [video], Snively, Peter Barss, Francis Fesmire,Victor Benno Meyer-Rochow, Ramesh Balasubramaniam, Yukio Hirose, Kees Moeliker (a large PDF file), Kees Moeliker (again), Mark Benecke, Theodore Gray [with video], Annalee Newitz, Max Sherman, Michael Berry, Buck Weimer, Ig Nobel newlyweds Lisa and Will, the Boston Mensa delegation, Ida Sabelis, Arnd Leike [with video], Lawrence Nyveen, Arvid Vatle, Karl Kruszelnicki, Gordon McNaughton.