The 2006 Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to Columbia University professor Edmund S. Phelps
. Marginal Revolution
has some background.
This year's Nobel for Literature goes to Turkish author Orhan Pamuk
, "who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city [Istanbul] has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures". According to his Wikipedia bio
, Pamuk faced criminal charges for a public statement he made in Germany, that "One million Armenians and 30,000 Kurds were killed in Turkey" - referring to the 1915-1917 Armenian Genocide
and the Kurdistan Workers Party's
20-year separatist war in eastern Anatolia that began in the early 1980s. The charges were dropped in January of this year.