New mosquito book by Ig winner

Bart Knols, who won the 2006 Ig Nobel biology prize, for ‘for showing that the female malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae is attracted equally to the smell of limburger cheese and to the smell of human feet’ recently wrote a book (in Dutch). It is titled ‘Mug’ and tells how mosquito’s have influenced the history of the world and how researchers, including himself, discovered their role in spreading horrible diseases.

The book contains a nice section about his Ig Nobel adventures in 2006, with a remarkable detail: Bart Knols is the only person who can claim to have won both a Nobel Prize and an Ig Nobel Prize. When he worked at the IAEA in 2005, the staff of that institution won the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Knols indeed holds both certificates.