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Knock on the door late at night was a professor's Nobel co-winner notifying him of their win

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

It was the middle of the night in California when the Nobel Committee tried to reach Paul Milgrom to tell him the good news: He had won the Nobel Prize in economics.

(CNN)It was the middle of the night in California when the Nobel Committee tried to reach Paul Milgrom to tell him the good news: He had won the Nobel Prize in economics.

But Milgrom couldn't be reached, so his neighbor -- and fellow prize winner -- Robert Wilson stepped up and walked over to Milgrom's house.

In a security camera video recording, Wilson is seen ringing Milgrom's doorbell at 2:15 a. m. PT and knocking for several seconds.

Finally, Milgrom responds.

"Paul, it's Bob Wilson," Wilson says.

"You've won the Nobel Prize.

"We gave them your cell phone number," Wilson's wife, Mary, says.

Wow," Milgrom responds from the other side of the door.

"Will you answer your phone?" Wilson's wife asks with a laugh.

Milgrom's wife was in Stockholm.

Because she received a notification from the doorbell security camera back home, she got to watch as Wilson relayed the good news, according to a tweet from Stanford University.

Milgrom and Wilson, both professors at Stanford University, received the prize for their work in auction theory.

In 2010, Martin Chalfie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Osamu Shimomura and Roger Y.

"I woke up at ten after six, and I realised that they must have given the Prize in Chemistry, so I simply said, 'Okay, who's the schnook that got the prize this time?," Chalfie said in a conversation with a Nobel. org representative that the Nobel Committee posted online.

"And so I opened up my laptop, and I got to the Nobel Prize site and I found out I was the schnook!"

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