11 New Laureates!

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.

2016 Nobel Laureates
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The work of the 2016 Nobel Laureates ranges from molecular machines to contract theory. How much do you know about the discoveries and works awarded the 2016 Nobel Prizes?

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Most Popular Laureates:


Frederick G. Banting
Medicine Prize 1923


Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace Prize 1964


Albert Einstein
Physics Prize 1921


Malala Yousafzai
Peace Prize 2014


Marie Curie
Physics Prize 1903


Information for the Press

Jonas Kaufmann cancels – Janine Jansen replaces
Official program for the 2016 Nobel Week
The Nobel Week 2016 in Stockholm – information for media

2016 Nobel Week Coming Up

Nobel Prize Award Ceremony

Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies

The new Nobel Laureates take center stage on 10 December in Stockholm and Oslo, where the eleven new Laureates will receive their Nobel Prizes, and enjoy the Nobel Banquets afterwards.

Programme for the Nobel Week

Nobel Medals

The Nobel Medals - a Work of Handmade Precision

According to the statutes of the Nobel Foundation, each Nobel Laureate shall be presented with a Nobel Medal.

See how the Nobel Medals are manufactured

Thousands of Flowers Decorate the Festivities

Flowers from the city of Sanremo in Italy, where Alfred Nobel spent his last years, decorate the festivities in the Stockholm Concert Hall and the City Hall each year.

Watch a short video about the work with floral decorations
Table ware

A Glimmering Banquet for Many Guests

The tables at the Nobel Banquet in the Stockholm City Hall are set with meticulous precision and care and comprise no fewer than some 7,000 porcelain pieces.

Watch a short video about the Nobel Banquet preparations
Gianandrea Noseda. Photo © Sussie Ahlburg Gianandrea Noseda. Photo © Sussie Ahlburg.

2016 Nobel Prize Concert Featuring Two Superstars

This year's concert presents one of the world's most respected conductors Gianandrea Noseda. The evenings soloist is the dynamic violinist Janine Jansen. Tickets are on sale at

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Join the Dialogue!

9 December will be a day full of stimulating discussions about the future of food. Topics will range from a micro to macro perspective: How will what I put on my plate affect my health? How is our planet affected by our choices? The event will be streamed live here!

Read more about the Nobel Week Dialogue

Memories from the Nobel Week

Kurt Wüthrich

"A unique experience"
Kurt Wüthrich, Chemistry 2002

Linda Buck

"A once-in-a-lifetime experience"
Linda Buck, Medicine 2004

More memories

"I have many memories"
John Nash, Economic Sciences 1994

"I became increasingly nervous"
Robert Curl, Chemistry 1996

"It was wonderful"
John Fenn, Chemistry 2002

"I began to feel that this is real"
Reinhard Selten, Economic Sciences 1994

"We had an ice rink near the hotel"
Brian D. Josephson, Physics 1973

"It was truly magical"
William Sharpe, Economic Sciences 1990

2016 Nobel Prizes

Topology. Ill: © Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Ill: © J. Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

2016 Physics Prize

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016 was divided, one half awarded to David J. Thouless, the other half jointly to F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz "for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter".

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Nanocar. Ill: © Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Ill: © J. Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

2016 Chemistry Prize

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 was awarded jointly to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa "for the design and synthesis of molecular machines".

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Autophagy. Ill: M. Karlén/The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet Ill: M. Karlén/The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet

2016 Medicine Prize

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016 was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi "for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy".

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Bob Dylan. Ill: N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media 2016. Ill: N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media 2016.

2016 Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

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Juan Manuel Santos. Photo: Wilson Dias/ABr, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Photo: W. Dias/ABr, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

2016 Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220 000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people.

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Histogram. Ill: © Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Ill: © J. Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

2016 Prize in Economic Sciences

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2016 was awarded jointly to Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström "for their contributions to contract theory".

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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
Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr. - A Champion of Peace

Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle for civil rights and social justice. He held his acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway, on 10 December 1964.

Watch the speech

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?

Read more about how the Nobel Laureates are nominated
Archive files

Explore the Nomination Archive

Search among the names of the nominees and nominators, as well as additional information about the nominations 1901-1965.

Search in the archive

Who Nominated Whom?

Here you can search for a nominee or a nominator, and see how the nominations were made across countries.

Explore the nomination map
Bust of Alfred Nobel. © Nobel Media AB. Photo: A. Mahmoud

© 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
Nobel Center, night view. © 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

Educational Games

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Save the Dog

Help your dog to cope with diabetes.

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Blood Typing Game


Learn about human blood types and blood transfusions!

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Diabetic Dog Game

A Drooling Game

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

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Laser Challenge Game

All about Laser

Collect a star and answer its laser question correctly.

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In Memoriam

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".

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

James W. Cronin

James W. Cronin Passes Away

James W. Cronin passed away on 25 August, 84 years old. He was awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery that the matter-antimatter symmetry is violated when the neutral K-meson decays.

Video interview with James Cronin
1980 Nobel Prize in Physics

Roger Y. Tsien

Chemistry Laureate Roger Tsien Dies, Age 64

Roger Tsien shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP". He passed away on 24 August.

More about the 2008 Chemistry Prize