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Nobel Prize for Physics Per Capita


areppim X-Y scatter chart and statistics of physics Nobel prize winners by nation per capita from 1901 to 2018, the per capita ratio being calculated as the number of prizes divided by million people and multiplied by 100.

 

The vast scientific heritage of the prosperous European nations is vindicated by their performance in the standings for the Nobel prize for physics. Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom get the highest per capita indexes. Comparatively, the absolute champion United States is only the eighth. The presence of China, India and Pakistan in the list of laureates is a testimony of the effort made by the emerging powers to harness advanced knowledge and technology, namely the nuclear technology.

Nobel Prize for Physics

Per capita
1901 - 2018

CountryNumber ¹Population 2018Per capita
(million)(number÷million×100)
Austria38.634.8
Belgium111.38.9
Canada436.610.9
China31,415.80.2
Denmark35.752.6
France1365.619.8
Germany2482.329.2
India11,311.50.1
Ireland14.820.7
Italy361.34.9
Japan10126.37.9
Netherlands816.947.3
Pakistan1194.20.5
Russia12141.38.5
Sweden49.840.7
Switzerland48.447.6
United Kingdom2564.638.7
United States93330.328.2
Median20.3
Average (red line in the chart)22.3
¹ Double nationals are counted twice, once for each nationality.
Former Soviet Union appears under Russia.

 

Sources: Nobelprize and UN Population Division