|Article Overview: Would
you stand up to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee if they didn't give
you an award you believed you deserved? Find out why one
Dr. did just that.
Tuesday, March 23,
2004—Ground Zero Plus 923
Protesting The Terror Of Not Getting A Nobel Prize
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Mar. 23, 2004 -- Last fall an irate
scientist took out full-page ads in the New York Times, Washington
Post and Los Angeles Times protesting the fact he wasn't awarded a
Nobel Peace Prize in Medicine.
Damadian, left, and associates in Brooklyn in 1977 with the first
medical M.R.I. scanner.
Dr. Raymond V. Damadian was denied the
Nobel Prize for his contributions in developing and patenting the
first magnetic resonance imaging machine (MRI) for scanning the human
body, paving the way for medicine to "look inside" a person to detect
a wide variety of problems.
The award, however, went to two other doctors, Paul C.
Lauterbur from the University of Illinois and Sir Peter Mansfield of
the University of Nottingham in England. Dr. Lauterbur
received recognition for his work in developing the MRI scan. In
his research notes, he praises Dr. Damadian's work.
The full page ads taken out in retaliation by Dr.
Damadian against the Nobel Prize Committee showed a Nobel Medal
standing upside down with the message under it: "The shameful
wrong that must be righted."
The ads cost tens of thousands of dollars, but
the funding of them came from a lawsuit filed by Dr. Damadian against
General Electric for patent infringement. GE manufactured
MRI equipment and as a result of the lawsuit ended up paying Dr.
Damadian $127 million in 1997.
The story of Dr. Damadian can be viewed in
a number of ways, from a scientist being slighted to revenge against
From a Vigilant point-of-view, I see the
case as a matter of Terrorism.
The Nobel Peace Prize creates wars among
those who compete for them. In the movie, The Prize,
Paul Newman weaves in and out of the behind-the-scenes intrigue of
winning a Nobel Prize.
wasn't intimidated by the Nobel Committee
Dr. Damadian looked at the
Nobel Prize decision to ignore his works in the same way one might
view a bully on the street hitting some people and kissing others.
The small David in Dr. Damadian was unwilling to be Intimidated by the
Goliath of the Nobel Committee.
In the New York Times story today about Dr.
Damadian receiving a "consolation" prize, the coveted Bower Award
issued by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, the article includes
the fact that Dr. Damadian may have been passed over by the Nobel
Committee because he is a staunch believer in "creational science."
This belief system
claims the world is only 6,000 years ago and everything was created in
six days in accordance with the Bible. Unfortunately, to
prove that the Nobel Committee may have prejudiced their scientific
kudos because of Dr. Damadian's religious advocacy is hard to prove
since all documents regarding a Nobel Prize, including notes and
discussions on candidates, are sealed for fifty years.
In the sum of it all, however, is the
willingness of Dr. Damadian to fight for his rights.
Most disgruntled losers of Nobel
Prizes slink into the shadows. The Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency of losing often takes a tremendous toll on the ego and
psyche. It isn't unlike thinking you're going to get a
promotion only to find out the person who kissed up to the boss got
But Damadian stood up.
He used Courage to overcome Fear, Conviction to surmount Intimidation
and Right Actions for future generations to overpower Complacency.
Nothing is more important in teaching
the values of Vigilance to children than the lessons about how to
stand up for yourself. Winston Churchill said it
best: "Stand for Something Or Be Nothing!"
stood up to the Committee
In this case, Dr.
Damadian was willing to put his Vigilance where most people let their
Terrorism rule. He stood up to the Nobel Peace Prize
Committee. He told the King the King had no clothes!
The question is, how many times
do we surrender our Vigilance to acts of Terrorism? How
many times do we hang our heads in the face of Intimidation, or stuff
our Courage in our back pockets and let Fear rule, or forget about
setting an example for future generations and just swallow our pride
and dignity in acts of Complacency?
Standing up for what is right
is not wrong.
It is an act of Vigilance.
Mar 22--The Missing
Link: The Broad Vision Of Vigilance