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I think that sadly a lot of it is “politics” all too many times. Some of the people get awarded it because of who was aware of their work and not always because of it being the absolute best work.
My only exception to your statements was that it was of “no” significance today. I do not argue, however, that they might have made better choices or that very deserving individuals have sometimes gone unsung.
I concur that it is annoying that engineers and other parties critical to some inventions are never credited for the very significant parts they play in the process of developing the idea into a practical device or procedure. Consider how many “Edison” devices were actually invented by others and purchased by Edison or developed at his laboratories but where he was not directly involved. But there it was a matter of marketing, his name was well known at the time. Sure, he invented a lot. But not everything that ended up with his name on it.