About 19% of all Nobel Prize recipients have been Jewish, though Jews only make up about 0.2% of the world’s population.

The Jewish people have received more Nobel prizes than any other ethnic minority group. Out of the roughly 700 individuals who have received the prize over 120 of them are Jewish*. This is despite the fact that Jews make up a tiny percentage of the world population. This disproportion makes sense when you consider that Jews are overrepresented in the professional fields from which Nobel laureates are selected (physical and social sciences, and literature).

*The precise count varies by who you ask, as different people have different definitions of “Jewish”.

Check out this comprehensive list of every Nobel Prize winner!


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