Yesterday I wrote about the two scientists that have just been awarded with the Nobel of Physics. The reason I was writing about them is because one of them – Konstantin Novoselov – is a young 36 years old scientist.

Well, today, doing some research, I found out that the other laureate has interesting things to be written about. In 2001, Andre Geim made his hamster co-author in a research paper (named as H.A.M.S. ter Tisha). The hamster contributed to the levitation experiment most directly and later applied for a PhD at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.

You can read the paper here.

Another interesting fact about Andre Geim is that he was barred from entering a Moscow university when he first applied.

The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology twice turned him down – and his former teacher Olga Peshkova believes his German origins counted against him despite his “exceptional” talent.

Read the news here.

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