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Announcement of the Nobel Prize

Announcements of the 2014 Nobel Prizes

The prize awarding institutions have set the following dates for their announcements of the 2014 prize decisions:

PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE - Monday 6 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest
PHYSICS - Tuesday 7 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
CHEMISTRY - Wednesday 8 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
PEACE - Friday 10 October, 11:00 a.m.
ECONOMIC SCIENCES - Monday 13 October, 1:00 p.m. at the earliest
LITERATURE - The date will be set later

Times listed are local time in Sweden (CET).

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2014 Medicine Prize will be announced in:

17 days

Monday 6 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest

Nobel Laureates Facts

Nobel Prize Award Ceremony

876 Nobel Laureates

Between 1901 and 2013, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 561 times to 876 people and organizations.

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Alice Munro

44 Nobel Prizes to Women So Far

The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women 45 times between 1901 and 2013.

All Nobel Prize awarded Women

Jean-Paul Sartre

Two Declined the Nobel Prize

Jean-Paul Sartre and Le Duc Tho both declined the Nobel Prize, Sartre in 1964 and Le Duc Tho in 1973.

More about the Literature Prize to Jean-Paul Sartre
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Table of Youngest Laureates

The Youngest Laureates

49 out of all 876 Laureates were younger than 40 years old at the year of the award. Most of them are Physics Laureates.

List of all Nobel Laureates by age
Laurel wreaths

What is a Nobel Laureate?

A Laureate is a person honoured for high achievement in a particular field. A Nobel Laureate is someone who is awarded the Nobel Prize. The word "laureate" refers to being signified by the laurel wreath. In ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were awarded to victors as a sign of honour.

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Irène Curie and her mother Marie Curie at the Hoogstade Hospital in Belgium, 1915. Copyright © Association Curie Joliot-Curie, Photographer unknown. Irène Curie and her mother Marie Curie at the Hoogstade Hospital in Belgium, 1915.
Copyright © Association Curie Joliot-Curie. Photographer unknown.

Parent and Child Nobel Laureates

There are seven parent–child pairs of Nobel Laureates so far:

Aage N. Bohr is the son of Niels Bohr
Lawrence Bragg is the son of William Bragg
Ulf von Euler is the son of Hans von Euler-Chelpin
Irène Joliot-Curie is the daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie
Roger D. Kornberg is the son of Arthur Kornberg
Kai M. Siegbahn is the son of Manne Siegbahn
George Paget Thomson is the son of J. J. Thomson

Famous Nobel Laureates


Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace Prize 1964


Albert Einstein
Physics Prize 1921


Rabindranath Tagore
Literature Prize 1913


Niels Bohr
Physics Prize 1922


Ernest Rutherford
Chemistry Prize 1908


John Steinbeck
Literature Prize 1962


Marie Curie
Physics Prize 1903


James Chadwick
Physics Prize 1935

Alfred Nobel - The Man behind the Nobel Prize

Alfred Nobel

Scientist and Business Man

Alfred Nobel spoke 5 languages fluently at the age of 17. He worked as chemist, engineer and industrialist. He left 31 million SEK (today about 265 million dollar) to fund the Nobel Prizes.

Alfred Nobel's life and work
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Inventor of Dynamite

In 1866 Alfred Nobel invented this new explosive material. An entirely new industry grew up, based on Alfred Nobel's patents and with Alfred as the initiator.

Alfred Nobel's dynamite companies
Will of Alfred Nobel

A Controversial Will

In his will of 27 November 1895 signed in Paris, Alfred Nobel specified that the bulk of his fortune should be used for prizes - in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace.

Excerpt of Alfred Nobel's will
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Alfred Nobel Quiz

How much do you know about Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel Prize?

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Explore the Nobel Prize Talks Podcast

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Nobel Laureates in Conversation

Meet the Nobel Laureates and get insights into what gives them their drive and creativity. Discover what the they are passionate about in today's society and what it is really like being awarded the Nobel Prize. Find your favourite among all 26 available episodes, including Nobel Laureates in all Nobel Prize subjects.

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Tim Hunt writing.

"If We Really Understood Things, There Would Be No Sense of Discovery"

Tim Hunt, awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, looks upon biology in much the same way as life: in many cases we don't really have a clue what's going on, but we can try to learn more by playing around. In this new podcast episode, he discusses his passion for science, and his talent for spotting good problems and asking good questions.

Mario Molina

"It Is Already Happening"

The vast majority of experts agree that climate change is taking place and that human activity has a role to play. "The risks are unacceptable", says Mario Molina, 1995 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, who has chaired a new report on climate change. But the good news is that we can do something about it.

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2014 Nobel Week Dialogue

The Challenges of an Ageing World
Theme for 2014 Nobel Week Dialogue

This year's dialogue aims to present new scientific and cultural perspectives on ageing. In the year 2000, for the first time in history, there were more people in the world aged 60 and over than there were children below the age of 5. Recent predictions on how this demographic shift will continue vary widely, but all agree on one fact: Our world is ageing.

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Andris Nelsons conducting. Photo © Marco Borggreve Andris Nelsons conducting. Photo © Marco Borggreve

2014 Nobel Prize Concert Features Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons, one of the world's currently most sought-after young conductors will lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at this year's Nobel Prize Concert on 8 December. He will be joined by soloists soloists Kristine Opolais, soprano, and Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet. Concert tickets are now on sale at

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Learn about human blood types and blood transfusions!

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All about Laser

Collect a star and answer its laser question correctly.

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In Memoriam

Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer Passes Away

A tireless portrayer of apartheid

Nadine Gordimer, awarded the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature, died on 13 July 2014, 90 years old.

Nobel Lecture: Writing and Being
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Gerald M. Edelman

Gerald M. Edelman

Gerald M. Edelman, awarded the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for deciphering the structure of antibodies, died on 17 May at the age of 84.

Video interview with Gerald M. Edelman
Gary S. Becker

Gary S. Becker

Gary S. Becker, awarded the 1992 Prize in Economic Sciences for having extended the domain of economic theory to aspects of human behavior, died on 3 May, 83 years old.

1992 Prize in Economic Sciences
Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez Passes Away

Gabriel García Márquez, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1982, passed away on 17 April 2014.

1982 Nobel Prize in Literature
Nobel Lecture: The Solitude of Latin America
Excerpt from One Hundred Years of Solitude