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Wole Soyinka

Listen to Wole Soyinka

1986 Nobel Laureate in Literature Wole Soyinka reads his 'Lost Poems' - a poem to his poems lost still in the making.


Derek Walcott

"That sail which leans on light ..."

Listen to 1992 Nobel Laureate in Literature Derek Walcott when he reads his poem 'Sea Grapes'.



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Music and Writing

Tomas Tranströmer's lifelong interest in music has left significant traces in his writings.


Nobel Prize Awarded Poets

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LITERATURE 2011
Tomas Tranströmer

LITERATURE 1996
Wislawa Szymborska

LITERATURE 1995
Seamus Heaney

LITERATURE 1992
Derek Walcott

LITERATURE 1990
Octavio Paz

LITERATURE 1987
Joseph Brodsky

LITERATURE 1986
Wole Soyinka

LITERATURE 1984
Jaroslav Seifert

LITERATURE 1980
Czeslaw Milosz

LITERATURE 1979
Odysseus Elytis

LITERATURE 1977
Vicente Aleixandre

LITERATURE 1975
Eugenio Montale

LITERATURE 1974
Harry Martinson

LITERATURE 1971
Pablo Neruda

LITERATURE 1966
Nelly Sachs

LITERATURE 1963
Giorgos Seferis

LITERATURE 1960
Saint-John Perse

LITERATURE 1959
Salvatore Quasimodo

LITERATURE 1958
Boris Pasternak

LITERATURE 1956
Juan Ramón Jiménez

LITERATURE 1951
Pär Lagerkvist

LITERATURE 1948
T.S. Eliot

LITERATURE 1945
Gabriela Mistral

LITERATURE 1931
Erik Axel Karlfeldt

LITERATURE 1923
William Butler Yeats

LITERATURE 1919
Carl Spitteler

LITERATURE 1917
Karl Gjellerup

LITERATURE 1916
Verner von Heidenstam

LITERATURE 1913
Rabindranath Tagore

LITERATURE 1910
Paul Heyse

LITERATURE 1906
Giosuè Carducci

LITERATURE 1904
Frédéric Mistral

LITERATURE 1903
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

LITERATURE 1901
Sully Prudhomme

Collage of Literature Laureates

All Nobel Prize Awarded Authors

See the list of all Nobel Laureates in Literature and why they were awarded the Nobel Prize.

All Nobel Laureates in Literature
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Awarded for "the Greatest Benefit to Mankind"

Eleven persons were awarded Nobel Prizes in 2016. See a short presentation of them here.

2016 Nobel Laureates
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Ulrika Bergman appointed new Chief Investment Officer at the Nobel Foundation
2017-03-08

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Nobel Laureates Facts

Pierre and Marie Curie

Nobel Prize Awarded Organizations

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 26 times to organizations.

See the list of awarded organizations
Alice Munro

Nobel Prizes to Women

The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women 49 times between 1901 and 2016.

All Nobel Prize awarded women


Malala Yousafzai

Youngest Laureate

Youngest Nobel Laureate ever is 17-year old Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

All Nobel Laureates by age
Leonid Hurwicz

Oldest Laureate

Leonid Hurwicz was 90 years old when he was awarded the 2007 Prize in Economic Sciences.

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Nobel Prize Nominations

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2017 Peace Prize Nominations

The Norwegian Nobel Committee received 318 candidates for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. 103 of these are organizations.

Read more about the selection of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

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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

Geir Lundestad

The Nomination Process for the Peace Prize

Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, answers questions about the nomination of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

Questions & Answers
Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi - Nominated but Never Awarded

Mahatma Gandhi, the strongest symbol of non-violence in the 20th century, was nominated for the Peace Prize a few days before he was killed on 30 January 1948.

Read about the 'missing Laureate'
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© Nobel Media AB. Photo: Pi Frisk

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
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© 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

Blood Typing Game

Lord of the Flies

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

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Laser Challenge Game

Find the Authors!

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

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Books

Book Tips

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

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Save the Dog

Help your dog to cope with diabetes.

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Blood Typing Game

Bloodtyping

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

Derek Walcott

Caribbean Poet Derek Walcott Passes Away at 87

Derek Walcott was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1992 "for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment".

1992 Nobel Prize in Literature
Video interview with Derek Walcott
Hans G. Dehmelt

Hans G. Dehmelt Passes Away

Hans G. Dehmelt, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1989 for the development of the ion trap technique, passed away on 7 March, age 94.

Hans Dehmelt's autobiography
1989 Nobel Prize in Physics

George A. Olah

George A. Olah 1927-2017

George A. Olah, George A. Olah "for his contribution to carbocation chemistry", passed away on 8 March, age 89.

Autobiography
Video interview
1994 Chemistry Prize

Kenneth J. Arrow.

Kenneth J. Arrow Passes Away

Kenneth J. Arrow, awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences 1972 for contributions to the renewal of the general equilibrium theory, passed away on 21 February, age 95.

Interview
1972 Prize in Economic Sciences