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    Nowhere Man, Uncle Cosmo

    On Einstein's Nobel (since those records are unsealed). He was nominated every year between 1910 and 1921, and by quite a few people!

    Apparently GR was still considered a bit dodgy, verification-wise. Brownian motion failed because Arrhenius' report to the committee understated the importance of the work. SR was at first considered nothing more than a variation on Lorentz' work, and then a bit too unverified (although it really wasn't). The photoelectric effect broke the logjam - at least once Bohr had explained to the members its significance for the development of quantum theory. (as they called it. Then 'the old quantum theory' and now just 'the Bohr model')

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