If you look at the data, and form to all the winning stats, maybe you could win a Nobel prize. BBC and Information is Beautiful sifted through the data of previous Nobel winners to see if there was a winning trend connecting all the achieving men and women. The winners would tell the rest of us humans that it was just the work of some ingenuity, severe passion, and a bit of luck. But what BBC uncovers leads to some strange conclusions.
The data works all the way back to the first Nobel prizes given in 1901. They broke down the winners into the following subcategories: how old? when born? which sex? where from? which university? married? glasses? facial hair? (The last one is a bit leading to the fact that most the Nobel laureates are male. We’ll give it another hundred years to even out).
The data speaks. If you want to win, you should be about 60 years old, have been born in the spring, be a married male American who attended Harvard and doesn’t wear glasses but shaves regularly.