Discover of the Giant magnetoresistance effect (GMR)
11 February 1988 discovery of 6001 Thales
13 February 1988 discovery of 6036 Weinberg
2 May 1988 discovery of 5325 Silver
7 September 1988 discovery of 5349 Paulharris
8 September 1988 discovery of 30788 Angekauffmann
8 March 1988 Death of George Cunliff McVittie, in Canterbury, Kent, England,
1988 Death of Irene Manton
1988 Death of Guillermo Haro
Physics to Leon M. Lederman, Melvin Schwartz and Jack Steinberger "for the neutrino beam method and the demonstration of the doublet structure of the leptons through the discovery of the muon neutrino"
Chemistry: to Johann Deisenhofer, Robert Huber and Hartmut Michel "for the determination of the three-dimensional structure of a photosynthetic reaction centre"
Physiology or Medicine to Sir James W. Black, Gertrude B. Elion and George H. Hitchings "for their discoveries of important principles for drug treatment"