The golden parking pass!
October 10, 2011 1:47 PM Subscribe
An esteemed UC Berkeley tradition is to award Nobel prize winners free parking.
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Every Nobel prize winner who works at the UC Berkeley campus is awarded the "Nobel Laureate Parking Permit," that allows the holder free parking on campus; a precious and scarce thing, not unlike the Nobel Prize.
Saul Perlmutter, the 2011 Nobel Prize winner in Physics (along with Adam Reiss and Brian P. Schmidt) is also a UC Berkeley physics prof. The newly minted laureate commented dryly at his parking permit ceremony that it is the “only reason to win a Nobel Prize.”