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0 Comments | Oct 10, 2018

Nobel Laureates Receive Custom Parking Signs

One of the hidden benefits of winning a major milestone like the Nobel prize is that your university presents you with a Custom Reserved Parking Sign. Not everyone who wins a Nobel gets a reserved spot close to their office, but as the Wall Street Journal points out, it’s becoming more and more common.

When you think of Nobel Laureates and the prizes they receive, your mind probably drifts to the recognition for breakthrough lifetime achievements, money, a gold medal, or even the trip to Stockholm. But we have to admit, a free parking spot specifically reserved for you is a nice touch.

Campus parking spots are notoriously difficult to find, let alone have one dedicated to you – making these types of opportunities few and far between.

University of California, Berkeley, was the first school to offer free parking for prize winners. The school pioneered this gift by presenting poet Czesław Miłosz with a custom sign and space. Miłosz won the Nobel for literature in 1980.

Along with eight Nobel laureates, UC Berkeley reserves parking for a winner of the Fields Medal in mathematics, and the chancellor. That is 10 reserved parking spots out of about 5,500 on campus.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., meanwhile, has for decades named streets for its winners. The hilly 202-acre facility is dotted with signs for a dozen such stars, including Alvarez Road, Lee Road, McMillan Road, Perlmutter Road and Segrè Road.

We will leave it up to you to decide whether you’d rather have a custom reserved spot or a custom street sign named after you.