Lithuanian man claims authorship of Nobel prize-winning physics law

January 10, 2008 at 9:24 pm 7 comments

Mr. Gevilas Source Lrytas.ltAs the Lithuanian media reported a Lithuanian man has started a procedure to contest the authorship of a physics law, which has been awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize and is ascribed to American scientists.

The BNS reportes that the efforts of Edmundas Gedvilas, a 71-year-old pensioner from Tauragė, have so far been fruitless. He has filed a suit with a Vilnius court, asking to determine the authorship of a physics law that he allegedly discovered and annul the Nobel Prize awarded to US scientists for the discovery in 2004, also demanding compensation of damages he estimated at 1 million US dollars, the Lithuanian Appeals Court said on 10 January.

In November 2007, the Vilnius Court refused to accept the claim, saying it was not its jurisdiction and was to be filed in the country of the respondent’s registration, i.e. in Sweden.

Gedvilas appealed against the court ruling at the Appeals Court, indicating that he had sent a suit to Sweden in mid-2007 but received no reply. Swedish courts have also failed to respond to an earlier suit dated in the end of 2006.

In an interview to BNS, deputy director of the Physics Institute Algimantas Jundzenas was ironical about the possibility that the Tauragė man could be the author of the asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction.

Well, I would like to wish all good luck to Mr Gedvilas, it is just about a time for a Lithuanian to get a Nobel prize, better later than never!


Entry filed under: Baltic States, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Sweden, USA.

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  • […] reports: “a Lithuanian man has started a procedure to contest the authorship of a physics law, which […]

  • 2. Richardlith  |  January 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    But a Lithuanan has won a noble prize. Bernard Lown born in the 1920s in Utena, won the Noble Peace Prize in 1985 for his part in International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War campiagn.

    O dto emigres not count?

  • 3. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  January 12, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Hi there,

    That’s right, but he is not a Lithuanian nation. I am planning to write few lines about the famous people who actually came from Lithuania.

    Best regards,

  • 4. So?  |  January 13, 2008 at 4:18 am

    The Nobel Peace Prize is not worth much (Arafat and Al Gore). To get one in physics is really something, though.

  • 5. Richardlith  |  January 14, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    “but he is not a Lithuanian nation.” Really, what nation is he? If he is born there, then he “actually came from Lithuania” in my opinion. What’s the difference between being born in Lithuania and “actually coming from Lithuania.”

  • 6. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  January 14, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Dear Rich,

    I am sorry, I ment a Lithuanian National, a holder of a Lithuanian Passport. When he was announced as a Nobel Prize winner it was not like ‘and the prize goes to Lithuania!’.


  • 7. Richardlith  |  January 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Ah, I take your point, I was extremely worried that you were going to say he was Jewish. I stand corrected. Apologies.


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