Prof. Roy Glauber received a 2005 award for his theoretical description of the behavior of the particle nature of light.
Prof. Sheldon Glashow received a 1979 award for contributions to the unified theory of weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles.
Prof. Nicolaas Bloembergen received the 1981 award for the development of laser spectroscopy.
See how simple explanations can be made, if one is telling the truth. An elegant description is always possible.