(besides us CNET/SE members? :))
I found this a good article, and maybe some thoughts in it should be remembered in light of the "Who, How, and Why" of a Nobel Prize nomination. This is from 12/4/05:
Who doesn't have a Nobel Prize nomination?
By Eugene Volokh, Eugene Volokh is a professor of law at UCLA Law School.
How could a convicted murderer and co-founder of the Crips be nominated for such prizes?
According to Nobel Prize nominating rules, any "professor of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology" and any judge or national legislator in any country, among others, can nominate anyone for a Nobel Peace Prize. Past nominees include Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Benito Mussolini and Fidel Castro. Any "professor of literature [or] of linguistics," among others, can nominate anyone for a Nobel Prize in literature.
It would surely be helpful to readers if news stories mentioning Williams' nominations ? or, for that matter, any Nobel peace or literature prize nominations ? stressed how unselective the nomination process is.
We're used to prize nominations signifying relatively broad acclaim, as for an Oscar. When a nomination means nothing other than a recommendation from a professor (or even a few professors and a legislator), that should to be made clear.