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The Nobel Prize: 5 don'ts for young aspirants

Former Japanese laureate advises hopefuls against 'blindly' following mentors

Though many aspire, few are awarded the medallion carrying the likeness of Alfred Nobel, who established the foundation for the prestigious international awards.   © Reuters

TSUKUBA, Japan -- This is the time of year when distinguished scientists, economists and authors across the world wonder if an announcement is forthcoming from Stockholm, proclaiming them as winners of the annual Nobel Prize awards.

Winning the award is arguably the highest achievement in many fields. But are there any how-to guides about winning it? While it is too late for the latest awards, former laureates have sage advice for young aspirants.

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