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Martin Luther King Jr. Source: Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. Photo: Dick DeMarsico, World Telegram staff photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his acceptance speech

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent campaign against racism. "He is the first person in the Western world to have shown us that a struggle can be waged without violence", said the Chairman of the Nobel Committee in his presentation speech.

Presentation of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize
Martin Luther King Jr. receiving his Nobel Peace Prize

"I Have the Great Honour ..."

Watch Martin Luther King Jr. receive his Nobel Medal and Diploma in Oslo, Norway, on 10 December 1964. Aged 35, he was then the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate ever.

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Martin Luther King Jr

For Civil Rights and Social Justice

Martin Luther King Jr. dreamt that all inhabitants of the United States would be judged by their personal qualities and not by the colour of their skin. Read or listen to his Nobel Lecture "The Quest for Peace and Justice".

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Nobel Lecture
From the archives of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Who Nominated Martin Luther King Jr. for a Nobel Prize?

The first nomination arrived to the Norwegian Nobel Committee in January 1963.

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Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

Who Are They and what Did They Do?

The Nobel Prizes have been awarded since 1901. See all Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and why they were awarded the prize.

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Who Can Nominate for a Nobel Prize?

No person can nominate herself/himself for a Nobel Prize. But who can? And how are these persons chosen?

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The Nobel Prize Awarders

The selection and awarding of the Nobel Laureates is based on a system of nominations, handled by four prize-awarding institutions.

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Nobel Week Highlights

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Nine of the eleven Nobel Laureates of 2016 assembled at the Nobel Foundation. Here they are pictured standing in front of a painting of Alfred Nobel.
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Medicine Laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi showing his Nobel Medal during his visit to the Nobel Foundation.
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The Swedish Royal Family, the Nobel Laureates and other guests of honour at the Nobel Banquet in the Stockholm City Hall.
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The divertissement at the Nobel Banquet took the audience from the beginnings of music to contemporary music. Here, Martin Fröst and Magnus Lindgren are performing.
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The Nobel Banquet starter: Charcoal baked langoustine and scallop, served with nettles, ramson and pickled winter apples.
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The menu highlighted local ingredients from Scandinavia: here quail from Södermanland in black garlic and leek ash with Jerusalem artichoke.
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A beautiful dessert: Cloud of sudachi fruit, cloudberry sorbet, miso crumbs and deep-fried rice paper.
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Overview from the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.
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David J. Thouless receiving his Nobel Prize from H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at the Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm.
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F. Duncan M. Haldane with his Nobel Prize in Physics at the Stockholm Concert Hall.
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Patti Smith performing Bob Dylans's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony.
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Mrs Berit Kosterlitz gives her husband Physics Laureate J. Michael Kosterlitz a hug after the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony.
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"You have not only awarded a prize to peace: you helped make it possible!", said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in his Nobel Lecture.
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The 2016 Nobel Prize Concert featured conductor Gianandrea Noseda, soloist Janine Jansen and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Medicine Laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi arriving at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm.
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Chemistry Laureate Ben Feringa arriving at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, for the 2016 Nobel Laureates' Get together on 6 December.
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Chemistry Laureate Sir J. Fraser Stoddart presenting his gift to the Nobel Museum's collection: a model of a rotaxane.
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Like many Nobel Laureates before him, Physics Laureate David J. Thouless autographs a chair at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm.
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Bengt Holmström (left) and Oliver Hart autograph a chair at the Nobel Museum.
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Chemistry Laureate Jean-Pierre Sauvage examines Marie Curie's radiation measurement apparatus at the Nobel Museum's exhibition 'Experiment'.
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All Laureates on stage. Photo: A. Mahmoud. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2015.

Awarded for "the Greatest Benefit to Mankind"

Eleven persons were awarded Nobel Prizes in 2016. There are now three new Nobel Laureates in Physics, three in Chemistry, one in Physiology or Medicine, one in Literature, one in Peace and two new Laureates in Economic Sciences. See a short presentation of them here.

2016 Nobel Laureates
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Information for the Press

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The Future of Food examined during the Nobel Week in Stockholm
The Nobel Week 2016 in Stockholm – information for media
Nobelveckan 2016 - detaljerad information
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Experience the Magic of the Nobel Festivities!

The Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony at the Oslo City Hall in Norway begins with a trumpet fanfare. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2012

Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony

Video from the award ceremony
Program for the award ceremony (pdf)
Speech to the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Juan Manuel Santos's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture
Nobel Banquet Menu
An overview of the 2012 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2012. Photo: Alex Ljungdahl.

Nobel Prize Award Ceremony

Video from the award ceremony
Program for the award ceremony (pdf)
Opening Address by Professor Carl-Henrik Heldin
Speech to the Physics Laureates
Speech to the Chemistry Laureates
Speech to the Medicine Laureate
Speech to the Literature Laureate
Speech to the Laureates in Economic Sciences
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Nobel Banquet

Nobel Banquet Menu
Nobel Banquet Program (pdf)

Nobel Laureates' Banquet Speeches
F. Duncan M. Haldane
Sir J. Fraser Stoddart
Yoshinori Ohsumi
Azita Raji for Bob Dylan
Oliver Hart


2016 Nobel Prizes

Nobel Prize in Physics


Nobel Prize in Chemistry


Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine


Nobel Prize in Literature


Prize in Economic Sciences


Nobel Peace Prize


Nobel Prize Concert

2016 Nobel Prize Concert

The Nobel Prize Concert takes place in the Stockholm Concert Hall on 8 December each year, this year featuring conductor Gianandrea Noseda, soloist Janine Jansen and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

More about the 2016 Nobel Prize Concert
Nobel Week Dialogue

Nobel Week Dialogue

Can we ensure food and nutrition for all? Will food be different in the future? Nobel Laureates, world-leading scientists, policy makers and the general public joined in an inspiring discussion about 'The Future of Food' at the 2016 Nobel Week Dialogue.

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Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo

The first Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo was held held on Sunday 11 December. The topic was "The United States and world peace after the Presidential Election". Keynote speakers were former U.S. top officials and foreign policy experts Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski and Dr. Henry Kissinger, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1973.


The Nobel Prize in Numbers

Number 900

All Nobel Laureates

Between 1901 and 2016, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 579 times to 911 people and organizations.

All Nobel Prizes


Number 49

Nobel Prizes to Women

The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women 49 times between 1901 and 2016.

All Nobel Prize awarded women


Number 17

Youngest Laureate

Youngest Nobel Laureate ever is 17-year old Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

All Nobel Laureates by age
Number 90

Oldest Laureate

Leonid Hurwicz was 90 years old when he was awarded the 2007 Prize in Economic Sciences.

More about Leonid Hurwicz

Bust of Alfred Nobel. © Nobel Media AB. Photo: A. Mahmoud

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Alfred Nobel Established the Nobel Prizes

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his third and last will at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris. When it was opened and read after his death, the will caused a lot of controversy both in Sweden and internationally, as Alfred Nobel had left much of his wealth for the establishment of a prize.

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Nobel Center, night view. © David Chipperfield Architects

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A New Home for the Nobel Prize

Nobel Center is to be built on Blasieholmen, on a wonderful site along Stockholm's central waterfront. Through its broad public activities, the Nobel Center will invite people into the Nobel Prize's unique world of natural sciences, humanities and peace efforts and become a meeting place that inspires curiosity and creativity.

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In Memoriam

James W. Cronin

Oliver Smithies Passes Away

Oliver Smithies, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2007 for "discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells" dies at the age 91.

Oliver Smithies' autobiography
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2007


Roger Y. Tsien

Thomas C. Schelling Dies, Age 95

Thomas C. Schelling shared the 2005 Prize in Economic Science "for having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis".

Biography
2005 Prize in Economic Sciences
Dario Fo

Dario Fo Passes Away

Amused, engaged and provided perspectives

Dario Fo was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1997 with the motivation "who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden".

Biography
1997 Nobel Prize in LIterature
Ahmed Zewail

Shimon Peres 1923-2016

Shimon Peres passed away on 28 September at age 93. He was awarded the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize together with Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin "for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East".

Biography of Shimon Peres
1994 Nobel Peace Prize