Nobel winner gets real prize: A special parking permit

Who cares about a silly Nobel prize when you get a UC Berkeley parking permit with it?

The joy of receiving a special Nobel laureate parking permit for the Cal campus is clear on Perlmutter's face. Photo: LBNL
Saul Perlmutter received a coveted NL parking permit today. Photo: Roibín Ó hÉochaidh

When Berkeleyside spoke to newly anointed Nobel Prize winner Saul Perlmutter earlier today, he joked that the “only reason to win a Nobel Prize” was to receive the famous Nobel laureate (NL) parking permit, reserved for laureates on the Berkeley campus.

Today he was presented with the coveted permit which is a free lifetime pass to park in designated spaces near the central UC Berkeley campus.

Which prize is better we wonder?

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside. Email: