This is the last monthly update from Nobelprize.org before Sweden, and indeed this newsletter, takes off for its annual summer break during the month of July. Making the most of the brief but beautiful Swedish summer, many families will be gathering by lake-sides in that traditional Swedish retreat, the 'summer home'. As June turns to July, another gathering will be taking place on the shores of Lake Constance in Southern Germany, where scientific Nobel Laureates have an annual get-together with young researchers in Lindau. Now 60 years old, the Lindau meeting will be celebrating this year's anniversary with a bumper event: no fewer than 61 Laureates are expected to attend, alongside 650 students, making it one of the largest ever gatherings of Nobel Laureates.
The occasion that assembled the greatest ever number of Nobel Laureates was the 100th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prizes, in 2001, when 171 Laureates attended the December 10th Nobel Banquet in Stockholm. The 90th anniversary in 1991 had come quiet close, with 128 Nobel Laureates in attendance. An earlier notable gathering, and possibly the biggest up to that date, was a dinner that the President Kennedy held at the White House in 1962, which 49 Nobel Laureates attended.
So, best wishes for whatever get-togethers you have planned for the summer and, until August, happy holidays.