"...peers of Nobel laureates who were not as successful tried to maintain first authorship for themselves far more often, garnering more glory for themselves. By their forties, Nobel laureates are first authors on only 26 percent of their papers, as compared to their less accomplished contemporaries, who are first authors 56 percent of the time. Nicer people are indeed more creative, more successful, and even more likely to win Nobel prizes."
This is just one of the fabulous tidbits included in today's book excerpt from delanceyplace.com: Nice Scientific Guys Finish First, from Samuel Arbesman’s The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date. (And if you are not familiar with Delancyplace, they'll email you a daily excerpt from an interesting new book. Go sign up, it's great.)