This morning, I called the Nobel Committee in Norway and asked whether Michael Mann had won a Nobel Peace Prize. The answer was a pretty emphatic “No.” Here is the call (apologies for poor quality of the line — transcript provided below):
Cooke: Hello there, do you speak English? Nobel Committee: Yes, can I help you? Cooke: I’m a writer. I’m wondering if I could ask you about previous winners of the Nobel Peace Prize? Nobel Committee: Oh, could you speak a little bit louder. It’s difficult for me to hear. Cooke: Sorry. I’m trying to look for some information about previous winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Nobel Committee: Which one? Cooke: I was wondering, has Dr. Michael Mann ever won the Nobel Peace Prize? Nobel Committee: No, no. He has never won the Nobel prize. Cooke: He’s never won it? Nobel Committee: No. Cooke: Oh, it says on his- Nobel Committee: The organization won it. It’s not a personal prize to people belonging to an organization. Cooke: Okay. So if I were to write that he’d won it, that would be incorrect? Nobel Committee: That is incorrect, yes. Is it you that sent me an email today? I got an e-mail from our Stockholm office regarding Michael Mann. Cooke: Oh. No, I didn’t send you an e-mail. Nobel Committee: Oh. So what’s your name? Cooke: My name is Charles Cooke. Nobel Committee: And you work for? Cooke: I write for National Review. Nobel Committee: Okay, because I’ve got something from Boston and NY Envirionmental Examiner that asked about the same thing. Cooke: Oh, okay. Well maybe this is a big question. Okay, but he hasn’t won it. That is the answer. Nobel Committee: No, he has not won it at all. Cooke: Okay. Perfect. Thank you very much. Nobel Committee: Thank you. You’re welcome. Bye bye.