Mann claims he was 'awarded Nobel peace prize'

According to a court document lodged in Michael Mann’s ill-judged defamation action (ill-judged because the process of discovery will force Mann to release of a whole bunch of stuff he has been trying to keep out of reach of FoI for years), Mann claims the following:

Oops. Wrong. Very wrong. (click to enlarge)

Mark Steyn (one of the defendants in the action) goes even further:

In the same spirit, I see that I’ve just been awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. Under Ireland’s citizenship law, I’m an Irish national (through my father). Ireland is a member of the European Union. The EU has just been given the Nobel Peace Prize. QED. Come to think of it, my mother’s Belgian, so I’ve been awarded two Nobel Peace Prizes.

Catallaxy Files does the research:

Some time ago I contacted the Nobel Committee and asked whether a person who was employed by an organisation can claim to have won a Nobel Prize. The reply I received stated:

An award of the Nobel Prize to an organisation does not under any circumstances permit an employee or other agent of that organization to claim to share a Nobel Prize. Only persons named explicitly in the citation may claim to share a Nobel Prize.

And he’s not named in the citation.

So Mann’s defamation claim, the success of which will turn on the credibility of the parties involved, contains a fundamental and basic misrepresentation in paragraph 2. Oh dear. What hope for the rest of the 101 paragraphs?

This really will be one to watch.


  1. Richard Abbott says:

    A noble prize scoop !

  2. Richard Abbott says:

    A noble prize piece!

  3. thingadonta says:

    Academics tend to win with semantics and issues of technicality, because as far as the law is concerned, academia first and foremost decides which angle on a semantic or technical issue is true in the first place. So I think Mann will win, not because what he says is necassarily true, but because the law is different for academia, same as its different for the rich.

  4. So now there will be a huge fight between two Nobel Peace Prize ‘winners’.
    This Peace Prize really should be scrapped – it encourages war.

  5. Richard, don’t you mean “a nobody prize stooge”?

  6. Tangled webs and all that.

  7. Tree ring circus!

  8. When the case comes up I will select a fine wine and sit back in enjoyment. A Noble rot, I think.

  9. He’s claiming a Nobel prize win as a scientist? Which prize was it again, the Physics one, or was it Chemistry?

    What’s that you say- the Nobel Peace Prize- that’s an odd one for a scientist to raise in a court document?

  10. Richard N says:

    Should that have read “The Michael Mann Self Appreciation Award”.

  11. A noble prize piece…

  12. Bryan Harris says:

    The Mann is deluded in every possible way

  13. Look what a piece of work he is. No bell for whom the Man tolled.

  14. Blackadder says:

    George Orwell would have loved it. The guy who wrote a book on the ‘Climate Wars’ claims to have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

  15. Geir Lundestad, Director, Professor, of The Norwegian Nobel Institute says:
    “1) Michael Mann has never been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
    2) He did not receive any personal certificate. He has taken the diploma awarded in 2007 to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (and to Al Gore) and made his own text underneath this authentic-looking diploma.
    3) The text underneath the diploma is entirely his own. We issued only the diploma to the IPCC as such. No individuals on the IPCC side received anything in 2007.”

  16. Confusious says:

    I believe he ia also a famous [snip] ….

  17. The Loaded Dog says:

    Nobel Peace prizes. LOL Does anyone take them seriously anymore? Look at just 2 of the recipients. Gore and Obama.

    Mann may as well have one. They have become nothing more than a USELESS gesture award for leftist clowns.

  18. After the recent nominated persons and bodies that have been named as Nobel Prize recipients, who in their right mind would want to falsely claim to be another recipient? Would it not be self deflationery?

  19. The latest from the whinging Mann is that he claims the “other scientists” all thought they’d been awarded the prize as well, thereby lumping them into his moron brigade.

    He really doesn’t think too hard before saying anything, or suing anyone.

  20. tinman's rust says:

    Nobel Peace Prize = glorified toilet paper.

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