Agence France-PresseOctober 7, 2013 00:47
For a scientist to win a Nobel Prize, many things have to come together -- ample funding, a supportive environment, even luck. But one rarely recognised factor may be more important than any other: democracy.
"Of course, you need to have at least the fundamental resources," said Swedish virologist Erling Norrby, a former member of the Nobel Committee for Medicine. "But science also requires an open society. A democratic system is very important."