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    Majid said:

    According to Alfred Nobel’s testament, the Nobel Prize should be awarded " to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind" (http://nobelprize.org/alfred_nobel/will/will-full.html). The problem for the Nobel commitee has been to identify such persons, since it now takes several years to verify whether a scientific discovery or invention is the “benefit on mankind”. However, it shouldn’t matter whether a discovery is a methodological or theoretical character. At the end of the day it is the benefit of that discovery for humanity that matter.