Adorable moment Stanford professor was woken up by Nobel Prize win captured on camera

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In this Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 photo provided by Stanford University, Robert Wilson, left, and Paul Milgrom wear masks as they stand for a photo in Stanford, Calif. The two American economists, both professors at Stanford, won the Nobel Prize in Economics for improving how auctions work. That research that underlies much of today's economy - from the way Google sells advertising to the way telecoms companies acquire airwaves from the government.

In this Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 photo provided by Stanford University, Robert Wilson, left, and Paul Milgrom wear masks as they stand for a photo in Stanford, Calif. The two American economists, both professors at Stanford, won the Nobel Prize in Economics for improving how auctions work. That research that underlies much of today’s economy — from the way Google sells advertising to the way telecoms companies acquire airwaves from the government.

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When people are urgently calling and knocking on your door at 2 a.m., that’s rarely good news. But luckily for Stanford professor Paul Milgrom, Monday was the happiest early-morning disturbance of his life.

The Nobel Prize committee informs winners during work-day hours in Sweden, which means American recipients get calls in the wee small hours. So when the 2020 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences went to Milgrom and his fellow Stanford economist Robert Wilson, the news came at 2 a.m. Wilson learned first, as the Nobel committee was having difficulty getting in touch with Milgrom. Not to worry, Wilson told them. He is neighbors with Milgrom.

So Wilson and his wife Mary got dressed and went next door to Milgrom’s Stanford home to let him know the good news. The entire moment was caught on Milgrom’s Nest cam.

“Paul, it’s Bob Wilson,” Wilson says. “You’ve won the Nobel Prize and so they’re trying to reach you but they cannot. They don’t seem to have a number for you.”

There is a moment of stunned silence before