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Martin Perl

Martin Perl, Discoverer of the Tau Lepton, Dies

Martin L. Perl, awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics, passed away on 30 September, 87 years old.

Video interview with Martin Perl

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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- up-to-the-minute news about the 2014 Nobel Laureates
- live webcast from the press conferences with exclusive interviews with members of the Nobel Committees
- information about the prizes
- telephone interviews with the new Nobel Laureates

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Use #NobelPrize2014 to follow the discussions.

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine will be announced in:

4 days

Monday 6 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest, at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Explore the Nomination Archive

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Digital Nomination Archive Open Now

The information in the nomination archive is now accessible. Search among the names of the nominees and nominators, as well as additional information about the nominations now revealed according to the 50 years rule.

Explore the archive

From a list of nominations for Martin Luther King Jr. Courtesy of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. From the archives of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Who Nominated Martin Luther King?

The first nominnation for Martin Luther King Jr. arrived to the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 1963. Not until now, 50 years later, the nominators are revealed.

Read more about the nominations for Martin Luther King Jr.
Nobel Laureates

Who Do You Think Deserves a Nobel Prize?

In his will, Alfred Nobel dictated that most of his fortune should be used for "prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind". Who do you think has made an important benefit to mankind?

Share your thoughts here

On Being Awarded the Nobel Prize

Muhammad Yunus

"Immediately the whole country was electrified"
Muhammad Yunus, Peace 2006

Barry Marshall

"Robin and I often have a beer"
Barry Marshall, Medicine 2005

Gross and Wilczek

"It was a relief"
David Gross and Frank Wilczek, Physics 2004

Ahmed Zewail

"The last 20 minutes of peace"
Ahmed Zewail, Chemistry 1999

Jerome Karle

"The president of the USA called me up"
Jerome Karle, Chemistry 1985

Mairead Corrigan

"I didn't know how to cope"
Mairead Corrigan, Peace 1976

Wole Soyinka

"It really made life virtually impossible"
Wole Soyinka, Literature 1986

Amartya Sen

"I needed a cup of coffee"
Amartya Sen, Economic Sciences 1998

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.

All Nobel Prizes

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
More about Le Duc Tho
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

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?

Try the quiz

Coming Up

2014 Nobel Week Dialogue - register now

Meet Nobel Laureates and Experts
at 2014 Nobel Week Dialogue

Engage with a unique constellation of Nobel Laureates and leading figures from science, technology and culture in a dialogue about how an increasingly ageing population is changing the way we live today. Registration for this free event is now open.

Register here

Join the Dialogue!

"I'll be talking about human ageing" says Elizabeth Blackburn, 2009 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, and a leading expert in the study of telomeres, the regions of repetitive DNA at the end of chromosomes that are associated with ageing and age-related diseases. She is one of the attending Nobel Laureates at the event.

Alice Munro

A Full Day of Discussion

The Nobel Week Dialogue is an open one-day meeting during the annual Nobel Week, held early each December, bringing together Nobel Laureates, world-leading scientists, policy makers and thought leaders for discussions that cross the traditional boundaries between science and society. The meeting is free to attend.

Learn more

Educational Games

Diabetic Dog Game

A Drooling Game

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

Play the Pavlov's Dog Game
Laser Challenge Game

All about Laser

Collect a star and answer its laser question correctly.

Play the Laser Challenge Game
Find the Authors Game

Find the Authors!

Find the hidden names of authors in an ocean of letters.

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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
Watch Nadine Gordimer read
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