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The Ig® Archive

The Ig® Nobel Prizes Archive

[NOTE: the 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony happened on September 15, 2022]

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

Watch Past Ceremonies   |  Each Year Has A Page   |   Science Friday (Radio)
Press Clippings   |   24/7 Lectures   |   Operas   |   Magazine (AIR)   |   Books   |   More..

Watch video of Ig Nobel Ceremonies dating back to 1995:

2022 : 2021 : 2020 : 2019 : 2018 : 2017 : 2016 : 2015 : 201420132012 : 2011 : 2010 : 2009
2008 : 2007 : 20062005 : 20042003 : 2002 : 2001 : 2000 : 1999 : 1996 : 1995

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

Each year’s ceremony has its own page, since 1997:

2022 : 2021 : 2020 : 2019 : 2018 : 2017 : 2016 : 2015: 2014 : 2013 : 2012 : 2011 : 2010 : 2009
2008 : 2007 : 2006 : 2005 : 2004 : 2003 : 2002 : 2001 : 2000 : 1999 : 1998 : 1997

Some eyewitness accounts and press clippings:

Recent : 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:

2021 : 2020 : 2019 : 2018 : 2017 : 2016 : 2015 : 2014 : 2013 : 2012 : 2011 : 2010 : 2009
2008 : 2007 : 2006 : 2005 : 2004 : 2003 : 2002 : 2001 : 2000 : 1999 : 1998 : 1997 : 1996 : 1995 : 1994

Favorite Ig Moments

In preparation for the 2020 ceremony, we asked people who have been involved with the Ig Nobels for some of their favorite Ig moments, that can be told in under 40 seconds. The resulting collection has its own playlist on our YouTube channel.

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. In prior years, there were the Heisenberg Certainty Lectures.

You’ll find them all together on one 24/7 Lectures page.

The Operas

Every Ig Nobel Prize ceremony since 1996 has included a new mini-opera, performed by professional opera singers (with Nobel Laureates acting in supporting roles). These mini-operas honor the tradition of the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons “What’s Opera, Doc?” and “Rabbit of Seville“—each mini-opera is a pasticcio that marries a brand new story & words to beloved old music (from operas, popular songs, etc.).


You can watch the premiere performance of each opera, in the video of that year’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.

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.

Find these in The Improbable Store


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. Here are some from the good old days. (For more recent items, see the Press Clips pages.)
Irish TimesLe ParisienneJapan Times, Vetenskaps-Nyheter [video], La VanguardiaChemical & Engineering NewsCosmic LogPsychological ScienceYale NewsThe Homer TribunePopular MechanicsCity of VilniusThe Daily EdgeArs TechnicaNiagara This WeekCentral European UniversityFinancial Times[AUDIO]Die ZeitHuffington PostMaclean’sComputerworldDaily TelegraphRTT NewsBBC News [VIDEO]Pour la Science, Observator [Romania, with VIDEO], The HinduTime, Time Machine LA-7-TV [VIDEO], Gulf NewsIrish TimesEconomic Times (and another editorial), The IndependentThe Street, INTER TV Ukraine [VIDEO], Dagens NyheterBusiness DailyNew EuropeReader’s DigestMaximDagbladetJeopardy!BMJSan Gabriel Valley TribuneTages Anzeiger, Innovation Finance Observer [1 and 2], Clarin,San Diego Union-Tribune, KCAL-TV [video and video], Financieel Dagblad, Ping Pong Top [video], Dundee CourierScience Life, ABC Radio National [video and, quite differently, audio]GizomodoFinancial Times, Have I Got News for You [video], Japan TimesUkraine Weekly MirrorMass High Tech, Nos por Ca [video], JoongAngPittsburgh Post-Gazette, The World [AUDIO], AOL News, Wall Street Journal [VIDEO], Chronicle [VIDEO], MSNBC [VIDEO], Reader’s DigestNature NetworkDer SpiegelLive Science, ABC News [video], The StreetTimes of India, Extreme Surprise [video], Popular MechanicsHow Things WorkPolitykaLa RepubblicaVancouver SunLivemint, Channel 4 News [video], Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, TG2 [Italy, with video], NOWNews [Taiwan, with video], La RechercheNovayagazetaNature NewsMontreal GazetteChina Youth DailyL’ExpressionEl NacionalWall Street JournalThe Heights, FNN [Japan, with video], Network WorldUpstreetCBS News Sunday Morning [with video], MSN [in two parts: 1 and 2], ACS Chemical BiologyAssociated PressNTV [Russia, with video], Popular ScienceEl SpectadorThe AgePittsburgh Post-Gazette,QuestNew ScientistMuy Interesante JuniorNashua TelegraphMontreal GazetteDiscovery Channel’s Daily Planet

The SunNoordelichtEtiqueta NegraNational Business ReviewThe SentinelAgence France PresseWired NewsNatureBBCGulf NewsCambridge ChronicleShanghai DailyMontreal GazetteBlogcriticsCNN [with video], The DiamondbackAsahi ShimbunCanadian Medical Association JournalFinancial TimesThe Huddersfield Daily ExaminerThe Washington PostThe GuardianChina Central Television [20-minute video report], Russkii Newsweek(1234), Asia-Pacific PerspectivesThe Today ShowThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThe GuardianThe Daily Yomiuri<ahref=”http:”” english=”” opinion=”” tky200310270076.html”=””>Asahi Shimbun</ahref=”http:>, CBS News (video and commentary), the New Zealand HeraldThe New York StringerThe New Indian Expressthe BBC, and The Times of Londonand more. Some thoughts, recentrecentslightly less recent and otherwise, about the Igsabout some of the winnersabout what they may have donemaybeScience 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 Tanemurapart of the Wasabi Alarm invention team (and some business colleagues)Anna WilkinsonPeter Snyder [VIDEO]Mirjam Tuk [AUDIO], Kate ClancyAndrea RapisardaElena BodnarNatasha Rosenberg [the original Miss Sweetie Poo], Miguel ApatigaDan SimonsChittaranjan Andrade, Fumiaki Taguchi (1 and 2), Stephan Bolliger

, Elena Bodnar [videonewspapernewspaper]. Paul KrugmanPeaco ToddRobert MatthewsSteve NadisDan Ariely and Francis Fesmire

, Chuang-Ye Hong [video], Glenda BrownePaul&Storm and Benoit Mandelbrot

SnivelyPeter BarssFrancis FesmireVictor Benno Meyer-RochowRamesh BalasubramaniamYukio HiroseKees Moeliker(a large PDF file), Kees Moeliker (again), Mark BeneckeTheodore Gray [with video] , Annalee NewitzMax ShermanMichael BerryBuck WeimerIg Nobel newlyweds Lisa and Willthe Boston Mensa delegationIda SabelisArnd Leike [with video], Lawrence NyveenArvid VatleKarl KruszelnickiGordon McNaughton.

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