What does it take to win the Nobel prize? Being smart helps. Being associated with MIT is another plus. Over 50 current or former members of the MIT community have won the Nobel prizeóincluding H. Robert Horvitz, who shared the Nobel prize in physiology in 2002. Eight members of the MIT community won prizes in 2001, in five different fields. In all, 22 professors, 23 alumni, 13 researchers, and one staff physician have won Nobel Prizes. Eleven of them are currently associated with MIT. The lion's share (25) of awards have been in physics, followed by economics (11), and chemistry (10).