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"I Have a Dream ..."

On 28 August 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. expressed his immortal words.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

For Civil Rights and Social Justice

Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his nonviolent campaign against racism. Martin Luther King dreamt that all inhabitants of the United States would be judged by their personal qualities and not by the color of their skin.

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Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Non-Violent Struggles


2011: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman

2010: Liu Xiaobo

1991: Aung San Suu Kyi

1989: The 14th Dalai Lama

1984: Desmond Tutu

1960: Albert Lutuli

Announcements of the 2015 Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences

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 5 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest
PHYSICS - Tuesday 6 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
CHEMISTRY - Wednesday 7 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
PEACE - Friday 9 October, 11:00 a.m.
ECONOMIC SCIENCES - Monday 12 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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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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2015 Medicine Prize will be announced in:

37 days

Monday 5 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest


All 2014 Nobel Laureates. Copyright © Nobel Media. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud.

Last Year's Laureates - Who Were They?

13 persons were awarded in 2014, two women and eleven men.

See all 2014 Nobel Laureates and why they were awarded

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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.


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.


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.


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"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.


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Albert Einstein

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Patrick Modiano at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2014. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud

All Nobel Prizes

Between 1901 and 2014, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 567 times to 889 people and organizations. View the full list of Nobel Prizes and Laureates.

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Malala Yousafzai

47 Nobel Prizes to Women So Far

The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women 47 times.

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Most Popular Laureates:

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Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace Prize 1964

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Albert Einstein
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Patrick Modiano
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Medicine Lauretaes John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser. Photo: A. Mahmoud. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2015.

Listen to Nobel Laureates

Meet the Laureates and get insights into what gives them their drive and creativity. Discover what future challenges they are passionate about, and what it is really like being awarded the Nobel 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?

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Nomination Archive Open

The names of the nominees cannot be revealed until 50 years later, but you can search among names and additional information about the nominations 1901-1964.

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The Nobel Foundation Annual Report 2014

The Nobel Foundation’s return on equity amounted to 15.8 per cent in 2014.

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The financial management of the Nobel Foundation

The Nobel Foundation Annual Report 2014 (pdf)
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Information for the Press

Favourable financial earnings for the Nobel Foundation again
24 April 2015

Announcement dates set for the 2015 Nobel Prizes
16 April 2015

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Franz Welser-Möst Conductor at the Nobel Prize Concert 2015

One of today's most celebrated conductors, Franz Welser-Möst, will lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the concert. Soloist is the young pianist Daniil Trifonov. Tickets are now on sale at Konserthuset.se.

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Alfred Nobel - The Man behind the Nobel Prize

Alfred Nobel and his family

Roots in Russia

In 1838, when Alfred Nobel was five years old his father moved to St. Petersburg. Alfred joined him a few years later.

Alfred Nobel's early years in St. Petersburg
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Inventor of Dynamite

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.

Excerpt of Alfred Nobel's will
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Alfred Nobel Quiz

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

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A Drooling Game

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All about Laser

Collect a star and answer its laser question correctly.

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Lord of the Flies

Have you read the well-known book by William Golding? How much do you remember?

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"Still relevant and powerful today - simply genius"


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Books

Book Tips

Tell us about your favorite book by a Nobel Prize-awarded author.

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Find the Authors!

Can you find the hidden names of Literature Laureates in the ocean of letters.

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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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2008 Nobel Prize in Physics

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.

Biography
2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
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.

Biography of John F. Nash Jr.
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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.

Günter Grass' Nobel Lecture: "To Be Continued ..."
1999 Nobel Prize in Literature