Ralph Steinman will receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine, even though he died four days before the prize was awarded, the Nobel Committee announced Monday. Steinman had been announced as a winner of the prize over the weekend, with the fact that he died last Friday apparently unknown to the Committee. According to Nobel rules. Prizes cannot be awarded posthumously, but the Committee said Monday that it would make an exception in this case.
Steinman was a professor at Rockefeller University, and received the award for discovering the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity, the Committee said.