Trump, Putin, Lukashenko among winners of Harvard Ig Nobel Prize

Source : 112 Ukraine

The "anti-reward" for "using the Covid-19 pandemic to prove the greater impact of politicians on life and death compared to scientists and doctors" goes to world's largest countries leaders
15:00, 18 September 2020

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For measures to combat coronavirus, about a dozen world leaders have won the Ig Nobel Prize, which rewards people for dubious and absurd scientific achievements and ideas. This was posted on the competition website.

In particular, the "anti-prize" of Harvard University in the USA was awarded to President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President of the United States Donald Trump, President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov.

All of these leaders of the largest countries were awarded a humorous prize, "for using the Covid-19 pandemic to teach the world that politicians can have a more direct impact on life and death than scientists and doctors."

This conclusion was made by the organizing committee of the contest "from many news reports", as indicated in the certificate.

A cube glued from sheets of paper and a copy of a 10 trillion Zimbabwean dollars (less than 1 US dollar) served as a reward for the prize winners.

The note states that this is the second Ig Nobel Prize awarded to Alexander Lukashenko. In 2013, the Ig Peace Prize was awarded jointly to the President of Belarus for banning public applause and to the Belarusian state police for arresting a one-armed man for violating the ban.

As it was reported earlier, Ig Nobel Prize is a satiric prize awarded annually since 1991 to celebrate ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research, its stated aim being to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think." 

Related: 2018 Ig Nobel Prizes winners announced

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