1. Make sure you’re a man. During the past 100 years, 38 women have received a Nobel Prize, while at the same time 723 men. On the other hand Marie Curie (1867-1934) received the prize twice (in Physics 1902 and in Chemistry 1911) but she was also a woman with a rare kind of genius.

2. Once you’ve made sure you are a man, it’s time to focus on the right kind of studies. Best to concentrate on natural sciences. They are closely related and open up many possibilities, as there are prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology, and Medicine.

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3. Study in the US. American scientists are overrepresented in the Nobel Prize statistics. During the past 100 years, 235 Americans have won the prize, and of the ten most prize awarded universities in the world, nine are American. Harvard has received most Nobel Prizes: 24. So register at an American University.

4. Many Nobel Prizes, especially those in Medicine, Chemistry, and Physics, are awarded to a number of recipients at the same time. What can we glean from this? That you better surround yourself with smart studying buddies.

5. Read Selma Lagerlöf. While this is not scientifically proven to help your odds, according to the homepage of the Nobel Prize (www.nobelprize.org), many Nobel Prize Winners confess that they read works by other Nobel Prize Winners, especially Selma Lagerlöf. The Polish poet and Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004, won the prize in 1980) said: "One of the Nobel laureates whom I read in childhood influenced to a large extent, I believe, my notions of poetry. That was Selma Lagerlöf."

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