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Rubbia effectJoe Segen2016-12-14T15:09:55+00:00
A popular term for a marked increase in government funding of an academic department in a field of research after a person in the department wins a Nobel prize–or the department has acquired prestige for other reasons.
It is named after physicist Carlo Rubbia, who won the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics. Italy’s Instituto Nazionale per Fisica Nucleare, where he worked, had had a miniscule budget, which was increased exponentially after he was awarded the Prize.
Reference Science 1985; 228:1508