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Announcements of the 2016 Nobel Prizes

The date and time for the announcements of the recipients of the Nobel Prize and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel are now set.

PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE - Monday 3 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest
PHYSICS - Tuesday 4 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
CHEMISTRY - Wednesday 5 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
PEACE - Friday 7 October, 11:00 a.m.
ECONOMIC SCIENCES - Monday 10 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
LITERATURE - The date will be set later.

Times listed are local time in Sweden (CET).

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The Nobel Prize in Numbers

Number 900

All Nobel Prizes

Between 1901 and 2015, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 573 times to 900 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 2015.

All Nobel Prize awarded women


Number 17

Youngest Laureate

Youngest Nobel Laureate ever is 17-year old Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai. 50 out of all Laureates were younger than 40 years old at the year of the award.

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

Featured Nobel Laureates

Marie Curie

Marie Curie - Awarded the Nobel Prize Twice

Marie Curie discovered the elements radium and polonium. She is the only woman to have been awarded two prizes, one in Physics and one in Chemistry.

More facts about Marie Curie
Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore - From Unknown to Famous

Fairly unknown in Europe at the time, Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore attracted western readers with his aura of mysticism.

Tagore and his India
Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein - Not Only the Theory of Relativity

Although famed for his theory of general relativity, it was his law about light that gave Albert Einstein the Nobel Prize in Physics 95 years ago.

Albert Einstein's biography
Karl Landsteiner

Karl Landsteiner - Discovered the ABO Blood Groups

Human blood groups were discovered in 1901 by Karl Landsteiner, later awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

More on Karl Landsteiner

Featured Videos

Elie Wiesel

"This Honor Belongs to All the Survivors "

"I swore never to be silent". Listen to Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel's speech at the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony.


Mother Teresa

"The Poorest of the Poor Are Our Brothers and Our Sisters"

Watch Mother Teresa delivering her acceptance speech after being awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.


Wangari Maathai

They Unlocked the Secrets of Our Cells

This documentary recognises four of the 2012 Nobel Laureates whose discoveries has have led to huge leaps forward in the understanding of medical research.


John Nash

"I Knew I Had a Good Idea"

In this interview, John Nash, 1994 Laureate in Economic Sciences, talks about the impact the Prize had on his life, his talent for mathematics as a child, and shares his thoughts about the movie on his life, A Beautiful Mind.


Nobel women

They Changed the World

Literary mastery, pioneering science, life-saving discoveries and actions for peace and human rights – achievements of women around the world awarded the Nobel Prize.

See all awarded women
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Who Can Nominate for a Nobel Prize?

No person can nominate herself/himself for a Nobel Prize. But who may submit a candidate?

More about the nomination process for a Nobel Laureate

Most Popular Nobel Laureates Right Now


1.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace Prize 1964

2.

Albert Einstein
Physics Prize 1921

3.

Rabindranath Tagore
Literature Prize 1913

4.

Malala Yousafzai
Peace Prize 2014

5.

Elie Wiesel
Peace Prize 1986

Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. Photo: Alex Ljungdahl

The Nobel Foundation Annual Report 2015

The Nobel Foundation’s capital has grown by one billion Swedish kronor since 2011.

The financial management of the Nobel Foundation

Nobel Laureates about their Teachers - Heroes behind Past, Present, and Future Nobel Prizes

PEACE 2014

Malala Yousafzai: "Thank you to all my wonderful teachers"


CHEMISTRY 2007

Gerhard Ertl: "That’s why I became a physicist!"


CHEMISTRY 2008

Martin Chalfie: "I thought it was astonishing!"


PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE 2007

Oliver Smithies: "He was a marvellous teacher"


PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE 2001

Leland Hartwell: "I really got hooked"


PHYSICS 1999

Martinus Veltman: "He did the extra piece"


PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE 2000

Eric Kandel: "I had a remarkable experience"


CHEMISTRY 2015

Tomas Lindahl: "I had inspiring help from an outstanding chemistry teacher"


May-Britt Moser PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE 2014

May-Britt Moser: "I was noticed. It made a difference."

Read more in May-Britt Moser's biography
Koichi Tanaka CHEMISTRY 2002

Koichi Tanaka: "I discovered that learning could be enjoyable"

Read more about Koichi Tanaka's life

 


2016 Nobel Prize Concert

Jonas Kaufmann. © Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Music Jonas Kaufmann. Photo © Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Music.

Jonas Kaufmann Soloist at the Nobel Prize Concert 2016

Jonas Kaufmann, "the most important versatile tenor of his generation", will perform at the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm, Sweden, on 8 December 2016. Gianandrea Noseda, newly appointed music director at the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, USA, will lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets are on sale at Konserthuset.se.

More about the 2016 Nobel Prize Concert
Nobel Prize Concert

The Nobel Prize Concert

The Nobel Prize Concert is a classical music concert of the highest international standard, arranged every year by Nobel Media in cooperation with the Stockholm Concert Hall, and held in honour of the current year's Nobel Laureates. The concert is held on 8 December as part of the official Nobel Week program of activities.

Enjoy previous concerts featuring Andris Nelsons, Riccardo Muti and others
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Information for the Press

The Nobel Foundation’s capital has grown by one billion Swedish kronor since 2011
2016-04-29

Learning for Life – Nobel Prize Series Dubai inspires engagement in science
2016-03-17

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Nobel Center. © David Chipperfield Architects

© David Chipperfield Architects

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.

Read more about the Nobel Center


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

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

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.

Learn more about Alfred Nobel

Educational Games

Diabetic Dog Game

Save the Dog

Help your dog to cope with diabetes.

Play the Diabetic Dog Game
Blood Typing Game

Bloodtyping

Learn about human blood types and blood transfusions!

Play the Blood Typing Game

Diabetic Dog Game

A Drooling Game

Train a dog to drool on command! It's all about conditioned learning.

Play the Pavlov's Dog Game
Laser Challenge Game

All about Laser

Collect a star and answer its laser question correctly.

Play the Laser Challenge Game

In Memoriam

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel Passes Away

Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Holocaust survivor, passed away on 2 July at age 87. Elie Wiesel saw the struggle against indifference as a struggle for peace. In his words: "The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference".

Biography
Video interview with Elie Wiesel
Sir Harold Kroto

Sir Harold Kroto 1939-2016

Sir Harold Kroto was awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of carbon atoms bound in the form of a ball - fullerenes. He passed away on 30 April, 76 years old.

Biography
More about the 1996 Chemistry Prize
Walter Kohn

Walter Kohn Passes Away

Walter Kohn passed away on 21 April, 93 years old. He was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of the density-functional theory. This presented new opportunities for calculations involving chemical structures and reactions.

Biography
More about the 1998 Chemistry Prize
Lloyd S. Shapley

Lloyd S. Shapley 1923-2016

Lloyd S. Shapley, awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences 2012 "for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design", passed away on 12 March, 92 years old.

Biography
2012 Prize in Economic Sciences