Past Years

Nobel Conference

Listed below are the topics of and participants in the Nobel conferences at Gustavus Adolphus College since the inception of the conference series in 1965. An asterisk (*) denotes participants who are Nobel laureates. The College has developed a tradition of honoring laureates visiting the campus with honorary degrees: Since 1950, 88 laureates have been so honored, and of the 63 laureates who have appeared at one or more conferences since 1965, 57 have accepted honorary degrees (Tjalling Koopmans declined the honor in 1978; Stanley Prusiner was not present on campus to received the honor in 2001; and Steven Weinberg, James Buchanan, Elizabeth Blackburn, and Joseph Stiglitz had not yet won Nobel Prizes when they appeared at their respective conferences in 1976, 1986, 1999, and 2000).

2013 (XLIX) - The Universe at Its Limits

2013 Poster Watch Archived Presentations
  • George Coyne
  • Alexei Filippenko
  • S. James Gates Jr.
  • Lawrence Krauss
  • Tara Shears
  • *George Smoot
  • *Samuel Ting
  • *Frank Wilczek

2012 (XLVIII) - Our Global Ocean

2012 Poster Watch Archived Presentations
  • Barbara Block
  • David Gallo
  • Kathleen Dean Moore
  • Carl Safina
  • William Fitzgerald
  • Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
  • Christopher Sabine
  • Maya Tolstoy

2011 (XLVII) - The Brain and Being Human

2011 Poster Watch Archived Presentations
  • John Donoghue
  • Martha Farah
  • Paul Glimcher
  • Helen Mayberg
  • Nancey Murphy
  • Aniruddh Patel
  • Vilayanur Ramachandran
  • Larry Young

2010 (XLVI) - Making Food Good

2010 Poster Watch Archived Presentations
  • Bina Agarwal
  • Linda Bartoshuk
  • Cary Fowler
  • Jeffrey Friedman
  • Frances Moore Lappé
  • Marion Nestle
  • Paul Thompson

2009 (XLV) - H2O Uncertain Resource

2009 Poster Watch Archived Presentations
  • Asit K. Biswas
  • Peter H. Gleick
  • William L. Graf
  • *Rajendra K. Pachauri
  • Nancy N. Rabalais
  • Larry L. Rasmussen
  • David L. Sedlak

2008 (XLIV) - Who Were the First Humans?

2008 Poster Watch Archived Presentations
  • Robin I. M. Dunbar
  • Marcus W. Feldman
  • J. Wentzel van Huyssteen
  • Curtis Marean
  • Svante Pääbo
  • Dennis J. Stanford

2007 (XLIII) - Heating Up: The Energy Debate

2007 Poster Watch Archived Presentations
  • *Steven Chu
  • Kenneth S. Deffeyes
  • Lee Rybeck Lynd
  • James E. Hansen
  • Paul L. Joskow
  • Joan M. Ogden
  • Will Steger

2006 (XLII) - Medicine: Prescription for Tomorrow

2006 Poster Watch Archived Presentations
  • Henry J. Aaron
  • *J. Michael Bishop
  • Daniel Callahan
  • Steven Miles
  • Michael Osterholm
  • Dame Julia Polak
  • Jennifer West

2005 (XLI) - The Legacy of Einstein

2005 Poster Watch Archived Presentations
  • *Wolfgang Ketterle
  • George F. R. Ellis
  • Ira Flatow
  • Wendy Freedman
  • Sylvester James Gates Jr.
  • Thomas Levenson
  • Kip S. Thorne

2004 (XL) - The Science of Aging

2004 Poster
  • Laura L. Carstensen
  • Leonard Hayflick
  • Cynthia J. Kenyon
  • S. Jay Olshansky
  • Dennis J. Selkoe
  • Peter J. Whitehouse

2003 (XXXIX) - The Story of Life

2003 Poster
  • *Christian R. de Duve
  • Sean B. Carroll
  • Philip J. Currie
  • Niles Eldredge
  • B. Rosemary Grant
  • Peter R. Grant
  • John F. Haught
  • Tim D. White

2002 (XXXVIII) - The Nature of Nurture

2002 Poster
  • Avshalom Caspi
  • Jerome Kagan
  • *Eric R. Kandel
  • Eleanor E. Maccoby
  • Thomas H. Murray
  • Robert Plomin
  • Judith L. Rapoport

2001 (XXXVII) - What is still to be discovered?

2001 Poster
  • *Günter Blobel
  • *Edmond H. Fischer
  • *Roald Hoffmann
  • *Sir Harold W. Kroto
  • *Stanley B. Prusiner
  • Erling Norrby
  • Sir John Maddox
  • Cornelia Dean

2000 (XXXVI) - Globalization 2000: Economic Prospects and Challenges

2000 Poster
  • Jagdish Bhagwati
  • John B. Cobb Jr.
  • Amitai Etzioni
  • *Robert Mundell
  • Jeffrey D. Sachs
  • Michael Sohlman
  • *Joseph E. Stiglitz

1999 (XXXV) - Genetics in the New Millennium

1999 Poster
  • Bruce Baker
  • *Elizabeth Blackburn
  • Lindon Eaves
  • Dean Hamer
  • Leroy Hood
  • Evelyn Fox Keller
  • J. Craig Venter

1998 (XXXIV) - Virus: The Human Connection

1998 Poster
  • Alfred Worchester Crosby
  • Robert C. Gallo
  • John J. Holland
  • W.K. Joklik
  • Elizabeth G. Nabel
  • Gary J. Nabel
  • C.J. Peters
  • Ted Peters

1997 (XXXIII) - Unveiling the Solar System: 30 Years of Exploration

1997 poster
  • Alan P. Boss
  • Story Musgrave
  • *F. Sherwood Rowland
  • Robert John Russell
  • Carl Sagan
  • Roald Sagdeev
  • Eugene Shoemaker
  • David J. Stevenson
  • Edward C. Stone

1996 (XXXII) - Apes at the End of an Age: Primate Language and Behavior in the '90s

1996 Poster
  • Frans B.M. de Waal
  • Biruté M.F. Galdikas
  • Gordon Kaufman
  • Tetsuro Matsuzawa
  • Duane M. Rumbaugh
  • Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
  • Richard W. Wrangham

1995 (XXXI) - The New Shape of Matter: Materials Challenge Science

1995 Poster
  • *Philip W. Anderson
  • Susan N. Coppersmith
  • *Pierre-Gilles de Gennes
  • Frederick Ferré
  • Harry B. Gray
  • *Harold W. Kroto
  • Silvan S. Schweber

1994 (XXX) - Unlocking the Brain: Progress in Neuroscience

1994 Poster
  • Anders Björklund
  • Patricia Smith Churchland
  • Antonio Damasio
  • Apostolos Georgopoulos
  • *David Hubel
  • *Eric R. Kandel
  • Oliver Sacks

1993 (XXIX) - Nature Out of Balance: The New Ecology

1993 Poster
  • Daniel B. Botkin
  • Jared M. Diamond
  • Thomas E. Lovejoy
  • Robert McCredie May
  • Donella H. Meadows
  • Bryan G. Norton
  • George Masters Woodwell

1992 (XXVIII) - Immunity: The Battle Within

1992 Poster
  • *Baruj Benacerraf
  • R. Michael Blaese
  • Robert C. Gallo
  • Philippa Marrack
  • Candace Pert
  • Holmes Rolston III
  • Jonas Salk

1991 (XXVII) - The Evolving Cosmos

1991 Poster
  • Timoth Ferris
  • *William A. Fowler
  • Margaret Geller
  • Edward Harrison
  • Ernan McMullin
  • Phillip Morrison

1990 (XXVI) - Chaos: The New Science

1990 Poster
  • Mitchell Feigenbaum
  • James Gleick
  • Benoit Mandelbrot
  • Heinz-Otto Peitgen
  • John Polkinghorne
  • *Ilya Prigogine
  • Stephen Smale

1989 (XXV) - The End of Science?

1989 Poster
  • *Sheldon Lee Glashow
  • Ian Hacking
  • Sandra Harding
  • Mary Hesse
  • Gerald Holton
  • Gunther S. Stent

1988 (XXIV) - The Restless Earth

1988 Poster
  • Don L. Anderson
  • W.G. Ernst
  • David Ray Griffin
  • Jack Oliver
  • David M. Raup
  • J. Tuzo Wilson

1987 (XXIII) - Evolution of Sex

1987 Poster
  • William Donald Hamilton
  • Philip Hefner
  • Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
  • Lynn Margulis
  • Peter Raven
  • John Maynard Smith

1986 (XXII) - The Legacy of Keynes

1986 Poster
  • Karl Brunner
  • *James Buchanan
  • Geoffrey C. Harcourt
  • Axel Leijonhufvud
  • Ronald Haydn Preston
  • Baron Stig Ramel
  • Lester Thurow
  • *James Tobin

1985 (XXI) - The Impact of Science on Society

1985 Poster
  • Winston J. Brill
  • Daniel Kevles
  • *Salvador Luria
  • J. Robert Nelson
  • Merritt Roe Smith

1984 (XX) - How We Know: The Inner Frontiers of Cognitive Science

1984 Poster
  • Daniel Dennett
  • *Gerald Edelman
  • Brenda Milner
  • Arthur Peacocke
  • Roger Schank
  • *Herbert Simon

1983 (XIX) - Manipulating Life

1983 Poster
  • *Christian Anfinsen
  • Willard Gaylin
  • June Goodfield
  • Clifford Grobstein
  • Karen Lebacqz
  • Lewis Thomas

1982 (XVIII) - Darwin's Legacy

1982 Poster
  • Stephen Jay Gould
  • Richard E. Leakey
  • *Sir Peter Medawar
  • Jaroslav Pelikan
  • Irving Stone
  • Edward O. Wilson

1981 (XVII) - The Place of Mind in Nature

1981 Poster
  • *Ragnar Granit
  • Wolfhart Pannenberg
  • Richard Rorty
  • John Archibald Wheeler
  • *Eugene Wigner

1980 (XVI) - The Aesthetic Dimension of Science

1980 Logo
  • Freeman J. Dyson
  • Charles Hartshorne
  • *William N. Lipscomb Jr.
  • Gunther Schuller
  • *C.N. Yang

1979 (XV) - The Future of the Market Economy

1979 Logo
  • Robert Benne
  • Richard Lipsey
  • Kenneth McLennan
  • Baron Stig Ramel
  • Mark Willes

1978 (XIV) - Global Resources: Perspectives and alternatives

1978 Logo
  • Ian Barbour
  • Barry Commoner
  • Garrett Hardin
  • *Tjalling C. Koopmans
  • Letitia Obeng

1977 (XIII) - The Nature of Life

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  • *Max Delbrück
  • René Dubos
  • Sidney Fox
  • Bernard M. Loomer
  • Peter Marler
  • Elizabeth Shull Russell

1976 (XII) - The Nature of the Physical Universe

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  • *Murray Gell-Mann
  • Sir Fred Hoyle
  • Stanley L. Jaki
  • Hiliary W. Putnam
  • *Steven Weinberg
  • Victor F. Weisskopf

1975 (XI) - The Future of Science

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  • *Sir John Eccles
  • Langdon Gilkey
  • *Polykarp Kusch
  • *Glenn Seaborg

—Plus 24 Nobel laureates and five theologians who served as panelists

1974 (X) - The Quest for Peace

  • Rubem Alves
  • Elisabeth Mann Borgese
  • *Polykarp Kusch
  • Robert Jay Lifton
  • Baron Stig Ramel
  • *Paul A. Samuelson

1973 (IX) - The Destiny of Women

  • Mary Daly
  • Martha Griffiths
  • Beatrix Hamburg
  • Eleanore Maccoby
  • Johnnie Tillmon

1972 (VIII) - The End of Life

  • Edgar M. Carlson
  • Alexander Comfort
  • Nathan Scott Jr.
  • Krister Stendahl
  • *Ulf von Euler
  • *George Wald

1971 (VII) - Shaping the Future

  • *Norman Borlaug
  • John McHale
  • *Glenn Seaborg
  • Joseph Sittler
  • Anthony Wiener

1970 (VI) - Creativity

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  • William Arrowsmith
  • Jacob Bronowski
  • *Willard Libby
  • Donald MacKinnon
  • Gordon Parks

1969 (V) - Communication

  • Leroy Augenstein
  • Edgar M. Carlson
  • Noam Chomsky
  • Abraham Kaplan
  • Eric Lenneberg
  • Peter Marler

1968 (IV) - The Uniqueness of Man

  • Theodosius Dobzhansky
  • *Sir John Eccles
  • Ernan McMullin
  • W.H. Thorpe
  • S.L. Washburn
  • Daniel Williams

1967 (III) - The Human Mind

  • *Sir John Eccles
  • James Gustafson
  • Holger Hyden
  • Seymour Kety
  • Francis Schmitt
  • Huston Smith
  • Nils Stahle

1966 (II) - The Control of the Environment

  • Kenneth Boulding
  • René Dubos
  • Orville Freeman
  • Roger Revelle
  • Carl Rowan

1965 (I) - Genetics and the Future of Man

  • Kingsley Davis
  • H. Bentley Glass
  • *Polykarp Kusch
  • R. Paul Ramsey
  • Sheldon Reed
  • *William Shockley
  • *Edward Tatum