Since - and including - the year 2000 - people from the USA have been awarded no less than 67 Nobel Prizes. The UK boasts 15. These two added together (82) are considerably more than the rest of the world put together (60). So despite what many a continental European intellectual would maintain, that Anglo-Saxon culture is essentially philistine, it doesn't seem to do badly. Next up after the UK by the way are Japan and Germany (8 each).