The Ig® Nobel Prizes Archive

Highlights, programs, photos, videos, and more from past Ig Nobel Prize Ceremonies,
dating back to 1991.

Baham Sadeghi produced a series of six mini-movies, each featuring a different Ig Nobel Prize winner.

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Watch the video of Ig Nobel Ceremonies dating back to 1995:

2016 : 2015
2014 : 2013 : 2012 : 2011 : 2010 : 2009
2008 : 2007 : 2006 : 2005 : 2004 : 2003
2002 : 2001 : 2000 : 1999 : 1996 : 1995


Each year's ceremony has its own page, from 1997:

2016 : 2015
2014 : 2013 : 2012 : 2011 : 2010 : 2009
2008 : 2007 : 2006 : 2005 : 2004 : 2003
2002 : 2001 : 2000 : 1999 : 1998 : 1997

Each year has its own page of eyewitness accounts and press clippings:

2014 : 2013
2012 : 2011 : 2010 : 2009 : 2008
2007 : 2006 : 2005 : 2004 : 2003
2002 : 2001 : 2000 : 1999-1994


Science Friday Broadcasts

Every year since 1994, NPR's Science Friday program has broadcast a specially-edited version of that year's Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony on the day after Thanksgiving. Listen to those shows:

2013 : 2012 : 2011 : 2010 : 2009
2008 : 2007 : 2006 : 2005 : 2004
2003 : 2002 : 2001 : 2000 : 1999
1998 : 1997 : 1996 : 1995 : 1994


The 24/7 Lectures

The 24/7 Lectures began in 2001 and continue with more and more experts describing their specialties - first in 24 seconds, and then in 7 words. Before theses, there were the Heisenberg Certainty Lectures.

We put them all together into one 24/7 Lectures page.


The Operas

Every Ig nobel Prize Ceremony has premiered its own mini-opera, since 1996. They are written by Marc Abrahams and friends, and performed, during the ceremony, by professional opera singers and Nobel Laureates.

  • 2016:  "The Last Second"
  • 2015:  "The Best Life"
  • 2014:  "What's Eating You?"
  • 2013:  "The Blonsky Device"
  • 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]


The Annals of Improbable Research

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.

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Troy Hurtubise displays his Prize 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.
Emily Rosa keynote address 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.
authority figures 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.