Literature Laureate
Svetlana Alexievich. Ill. N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media AB 2015. Ill. N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media AB 2015.

2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2015 is awarded to the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time".

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"It's not really about a history of events. It's a history of emotions."

Following the announcement of the Literature Prize Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, was interviewed about Svetlana Alexievich's work.

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"The Poetics of Tragedy Are Important for Me"

“I'm just trying to grasp a piece of reality and tell who we are and where we are going." managed to have a conversation (in Russian) with Svetlana Alexievich, awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, while the taxi waited outside to take her to the press conference. (A transcript in English will follow soon.)


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2015 Chemistry Prize

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2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 was awarded jointly to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar "for mechanistic studies of DNA repair".

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I Feel Very Lucky and Privileged"

"I'm not a politician. I’m not used to talk on two phones at the same time." Life is getting busy for Tomas Lindahl, awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In this short interview, Tomas Lindahl also talks about his research and early days in Sweden.

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"Shock. Surprise. Excitement"

Paul Modrich was on vacation in his little cabin in the woods in New Hampshire when he got the news through e-mail that he had been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. "I’m in the right place at the right time."

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Aziz Sancar: "I'm Honored to Get this Recognition"

"My wife took the call and woke me up". Chemistry Laureate Aziz Sancar on being awarded the Nobel Prize.

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2015 Physics Prize

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2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 was awarded jointly to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass".

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Takaaki Kajita

Takaaki Kajita: "Kind of Unbelievable!"

An interview with Takaaki Kajita. Hear how he reacted when he got the call that he has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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William C. Campbell

"I Gave My Wife a Hug!"

"It's ironic, in order to observe the sun you have to go kilometers under ground. That's not what you would expect." says Arthur B. McDonald, awarded the 2015 Physics Prize.

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Nobel Laureates

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2015 Medicine Prize

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2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was awarded with one half jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites and the other half to Youyou Tu for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.

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William C. Campbell

William C. Campbell: "You Must Be Kidding!"

Listen to an interview with William C. Campbell, one of the three new Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine. He was asleep when he got the prize call.

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Satoshi Ōmura

Satoshi Ōmura: "I Humbly Accept It"

An interview with Satoshi Ōmura on golf, great scientists, and being awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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Youyou Tu

"Good News for the National Holiday!"

Listen to a short interview with Youyou Tu following the announcement of the 2015 Medicine Prize (Chinese and English).

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On Being Awarded the Nobel Prize

Muhammad Yunus

"Immediately the whole country was electrified"
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Barry Marshall

"Robin and I often have a beer down by the riverside"
Barry Marshall, Medicine 2005

Elizabeth Blackburn

"Did you think we murdered somebody?"
Elizabeth Blackburn, Medicine 2009

Hiroshi Amano

"I didn't understand the reason of all congratulations"
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Jerome Karle

"The president of the USA called me up"
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Mairead Corrigan

"I really felt very frightened, I didn't know how to cope"
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Wole Soyinka

"It really made life virtually impossible"
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Amartya Sen

"I needed a cup of coffee"
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Nobel Laureates Facts

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Five married couples have been awarded Nobel Prizes.

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Albert Einstein - Not Only the Theory of Relativity

Although famed for his theories of relativity, it was his law about light that gave Albert Einstein his Nobel Prize.

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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.

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Rabindranath Tagore - From Unknown to Famous

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Improved Nobel Center Is Unveiled

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In Memoriam

Yoichiro Nambu

Yoichiro Nambu 1921-2015

Yoichiro Nambu, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2008 for the discovery of the mechanism of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics, passed away on 5 July, 94 years old.

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Irwin Rose

Irwin Rose Passes Away

Irwin Rose, 2004 Chemistry Laureate, died on 2 June, 88 years old. His research made it possible to understand at molecular level how the cell controls a number of central processes by breaking down certain proteins and not others.

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John F. Nash Jr.

John F. Nash 1928-2015

John F. Nash Jr., awarded the 1994 Prize in Economic Sciences together with John C. Harsanyi and Reinhard Selten for "pioneering analysis of equilibria in the theory of non-cooperative games", died on 23 May in a car crash, 86 years old.

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Günter Grass Passes Away

Günter Grass, awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature, died on 13 April, aged 87. "The rat has been awarded a Nobel Prize", he said in his Nobel Lecture.

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1999 Nobel Prize in Literature