By Will Dahlgreen BBC News
Out of the Nobel Prize winners that have been announced so far this year the average age is 72, but it was not always this way
The 2016 Nobel laureates for physics, medicine and chemistry: all men, at least 65 years old and mostly over 72.
Go back to the first half of the 20th Century, however, and the average laureate was “only” 56. Physics laureates, now typically a group of men in their late-sixties, used to have an average age of 47.
In fact, in all of the traditional sciences there has been a significant trend of Nobel laureates winning prizes later in life, starting from around the 1950s and continuing into the present day.
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