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Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison turned down the Nobel Prize cause they refused to share it

Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison turned down the Nobel Prize because they refused to share it.
On 6 November 1915, a Reuters news agency report from London had the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla; however, on 15 November, a Reuters story from Stockholm stated the prize that year was being awarded to Sir William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg “”for their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays.”” There were unsubstantiated rumors at the time that Tesla and/or Edison had refused the prize.The Nobel Foundation declined to comment on the rumors other than saying, “”Any rumor that a person has not been given a Nobel Prize because he has made known his intention to refuse the reward is ridiculous,”” a recipient could only decline a Nobel Prize after he is announced a winner.There have been subsequent claims by Tesla biographers that Edison and Tesla were the original recipients and that neither were given the award because of their animosity toward each other; that each sought to minimize the other’s achievements and right to win the award; that both refused ever to accept the award if the other received it first; that both rejected any possibility of sharing it; and even that a wealthy Edison refused it to keep Tesla from getting the $20,000 prize money.

In the years after these rumors, neither Tesla nor Edison won the prize (although Edison did receive one of 38 possible bids in 1915 and Tesla did receive one bid out of 38 possible bids in 1937).”



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