10 Nobel Prize Winners Who Are Actually Dropouts

It doesn't take a genius to see a pattern in the correlation between a good education and professional success. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and sometimes even a genius can choose not to get that education and still reach the top of their chosen field.

Take these ten highly successful individuals. All of them were recognized with Nobel Prizes, and all of them dropped out of school.

Their reasons varied: some were too poor, some were too bored, some were too unlucky. Yet all overcame an educational deficit and made a difference.

It’s worth noting that out of the ten Nobel Laureates to look at, two were for Peace, one for Chemistry, one for Physics, and the rest were for Literature. Apparently you don’t need no good edumacation to be writing swell.

10. Joseph Brodsky – Literature

Source: Anefo, Croes R.C.

Joseph Brodsky was born in the Soviet Union, at a time when poetry was meant to serve the state and reinforce its Communist values. This was unfortunate for Brodsky, a poet those verse tended to flow around themes of freedom and longing. It was only a matter of time before he would therefore attract the unwanted attention of the authorities.

Before he became a voice of dissent, he was a normal kid from Leningrad.

When he was 15, he dropped out of school and began working various jobs as he learned English and Polish, and began to write.

His poetry was not published to any great fanfare, but rather appeared only in underground forums. Yet it resonated with those who lurked in underground Russian forums at the time, and became quite popular. He was called the “most gifted lyric voice of his generation.”

In 1963, a local newspaper in Leningrad called his work “pornographic and anti-Soviet,” which were damning words in that place at that time. He was interrogated. He was placed in an asylum, twice. Then he was arrested.

At his trial, they couldn’t actually find anything wrong with the content of his poetry. But in a scene worthy of Kafka, he was instead found guilty of “parasitism” for not performing his “constitutional duty to work honestly for the good of the motherland.”


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