When people are urgently calling and knocking on your door at 2 a.m., that’s rarely good news. But luckily for Stanford professor Paul Milgrom, Monday was the happiest early-morning disturbance of his life.
The Nobel Prize committee informs winners during work-day hours in Sweden, which means American recipients get calls in the wee small hours. So when the 2020 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences went to Milgrom and his fellow Stanford economist Robert Wilson, the news came at 2 a.m. Wilson learned first, as the Nobel committee was having difficulty getting in touch with Milgrom. Not to worry, Wilson told them. He is neighbors with Milgrom.