Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier are two of the three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Medicine this year. The third recipient is Harald zur Hausen, who made the connection between HPV and cervical cancer.
Barré-Sinoussi and Montagnier discovered HIV along with several team members at the Pasteur Institute.
Oh, and technically Dr. Robert Gallo of the NIH.
In the 1980’s, both Gallo and the Institut Pasteur said that they had found the same virus. Gallo said that he’d found it first, but really, the French had. He then proceeded to fight about it for a few years.
In 1987, Jacques Chirac and Regan came to an agreement that both had discovered the virus, but in 1994, the United States said that the French deserve a majority of the credit.
The most amount of people that can recognized a year is three.
According to this article, Dr. Gallo is “disappointed” that he’s not being honored.
I bet he is.