Saul Perlmutter, Nobel prize winner 2011 - AP -
Astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter, one of the five Jewish Nobel prize winners of 2011. Photo by AP
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Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman has made headlines at home for winning the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry, but he is not the only Jewish recipient, with members of the tribe making a strong showing this year in both medicine and physics.

Ralph Steinman and Bruce Beutler were awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine for their discoveries on the immune system along with French biologist Jules Hoffmann. Steinman will receive the award posthumously, passing just three days before the Nobel committee announced that he was among the winners.

Saul Pelmutter and Adam G. Ross, both American Jews, are two of the three Nobel Prize in physics winners, recognized "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae.”

 So far, five of the seven Nobel Prize winners this year are Jewish; their Yiddeshe mamas must be so proud.