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Sensing the World around Us



The sense of smell long remained the most enigmatic of our senses. The basic principles for recognizing and remembering about 10,000 different odors were not understood. But Medicine Laureates Richard Axel and Linda Buck solved the problem, and in a series of pioneering studies clarified how our olfactory system works.

See a short documentary about the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Nobel Banquet Dessert Photo: Helena Paulin-Strömberg


The Nobel Banquet is an event many would give a fortune to attend, not only for the festivities, but for the food. The menus provide an interesting culinary history during the past 100 years, from consommés to the Nobel Gala ice cream parfait.

The Nobel Banquets - A Century of Culinary History


Medicine Laureates David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel studied the visual process and disclosed the most well guarded secret of the brain: the way brain cells decode messages from the eyes.

Listen to Torsten Wiesel explain his research
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The sounds we can hear are caused by changes of pressure in the air that is transformed into nerve impulses in the inner ear. The research by Georg von Békésy, 1961 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, helped us to understand the hearing process.

Check out the Ear Pages


A sweet caress, the first kiss ... We all have fond memories of touch, although they are only perceptions resulting from activation of neural receptors. Nevertheless, impressions from our senses have resulted in lovely music and poetry during the ages.

Enjoy a poem by Pablo Neruda

Nadine Gordimer 1923-2014

A Tireless Portrayer of Apartheid

Nadine Gordimer died on 13 July, 90 years old. She became the first South African and the seventh woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. The Swedish Academy's award motivation: "who through her magnificent epic writing has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity"

More about Nadine Gordimer's Nobel Prize
Nobel Lecture: Writing and Being
Watch Nadine Gordimer read her short story 'Loot'
Nadine Gordimer at the Göteborg Book Fair 2010. Photo: Bengt Oberger. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.Photo: Bengt Oberger via Wikimedia Commons

Nadine Gordimer Telling her Story

In this interview she talks about her childhood in South Africa, the purpose of writing, and the importance of reading.

Watch the interview
Per Wästberg (left), Reinhold Cassirer and Nadine Gordimer. Copyright © Per Wästberg 1995

Nadine Gordimer's Anti-apartheid Struggle

Asked what she would write about when apartheid was over, Gordimer replied, "Life didn't end with apartheid; new life began."

Read "Nadine Gordimer and the South African Experience"
Eugunen Fama. Photo: B. Rooney, © University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Lars Peter Hansen. Photo: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. Robert J. Shiller. Photo: M. Marsland/Yale University

Explore the Nobel Prize Talks Podcast

Get to know the individuals that have been awarded the Nobel Prize a bit better. What gives them their drive and creativity? Find your favourite among all 26 available episodes, including Nobel Laureates in all Nobel Prize subjects.

See all episodes
Tim Hunt writing.

"If We Really Understood Things, There Would Be No Sense of Discovery"

Tim Hunt, awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, looks upon biology in much the same way as life: in many cases we don't really have a clue what's going on, but we can try to learn more by playing around. In this new podcast episode, he discusses his passion for science, and his talent for spotting good problems and asking good questions.

Ada Yonath

"There Was a Time in My Life when I Made 2 000 Sandwiches a Day"

2014 is the International Year of Crystallography. A major contributor to the field is Ada Yonath. In this conversation she talks about her life as a scientist and her hardworking childhood where there was never a spare minute. Ada Yonath also discusses the pressing need for the development of new antibiotics, and why she is more fond of facts than predictions.

Andris Nelsons conducting. Photo © Marco Borggreve Andris Nelsons conducting. Photo © Marco Borggreve

2014 Nobel Prize Concert Features Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons, one of the world's currently most sought-after young conductors will lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at this year's Nobel Prize Concert on 8 December.

More about the concert
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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2014 Nobel Week Dialogue

The Science of Ageing

For how long can we live? How can technology support us when dealing with age? The 2014 Nobel Week Dialogue aims to introduce new perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of ageing. A unique constellation of Nobel Laureates, world-leading scientists, experts and thought leaders will take part in the discussions.

More about the event

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?

Try the quiz

2013 Nobel Laureates

Last Year's Laureates - Who Were They?

Eleven men, one woman and one organization were awarded the Nobel Prize and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 2013.

See all 2013 Nobel Laureates
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Nobel Laureates in the World

Find out where the Nobel Laureates were born in this interactive world map.

Interactive map
Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman

44 Awarded Women So Far

The Nobel Prize have been awarded to women 45 times 1901-2013.

All Nobel Prize awarded women

Educational Games

Laser Challenge Game

DNA - The Double Helix Game

Your genetic material is duplicated frequently. Find out how!

Play the Double Helix Game
Blood Typing Game


Learn about human blood types and blood transfusions!

Play the Blood Typing Game

Diabetic Dog Game

A Drooling Game

In this game you can train a dog to drool on command! It's all about conditioned learning.

Play the Pavlov's Dog Game
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In Memoriam

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.

1982 Nobel Prize in Literature
Nobel Lecture: The Solitude of Latin America
Excerpt from One Hundred Years of Solitude
Dale T. Mortensen

Dale T. Mortensen, 1939-2014

Dale T. Mortensen, awarded the 2010 Prize in Economic Sciences for the study of labour markets, passed away on 9 January.

2010 Prize in Economic Sciences