June 22, 2021

Wikipedia Rejected An Entry on a Physics Nobel Laureate Right Up Until She Won, Saying She Wasn’t Famous Enough

From Business Insider:

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Donna Strickland did not have a Wikipedia page until she became a Nobel laureate, and earlier attempts to write a page for her were rejected because she was not famous enough.

Strickland won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics for breakthroughs in the field of lasers on Tuesday alongside French scientist Gerard Mourou. The pair were awarded the prize jointly, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said their inventions “have revolutionized laser physics.”

But a Wikipedia page was only successfully created for her after she won. As recently as May, a Wikipedia entry for Strickland was rejected as it failed to “show significant coverage (not just passing mentions) about the subject.”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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