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Last Year's Nobel Laureates - Who Were They?

10 persons were awarded Nobel Prizes in 2015, two women, eight men; and one organization.

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Get to know the Nobel Laureates a bit better. Find your favourite among the episodes!

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Nobel Prize Nominations

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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?

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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.

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The Nobel Prize Awarders

Four Swedish institutions are responsible for awarding the prizes Alfred Nobel designated in his last will.

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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.

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Nobel Laureates Facts

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All Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Between 1901 and 2015, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 573 times to 900 people and organizations.

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Alice Munro

48 Nobel Prizes to Women So Far

See the list of all Nobel Prize awarded women.

Nobel Prize awarded women


Malala Yousafzai

The Youngest Laureate

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

List of all Nobel Laureates by age
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.

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Featured Nobel Laureates

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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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai - Girls' Right to Education in Focus

Under the most dangerous circumstances, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education. She was awarded the 2014 Peace Prize.

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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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Alfred Nobel - The Man behind the Nobel Prize

Alfred Nobel

Scientist and Inventor

Chemist, engineer and industrialist Alfred Nobel left 31 million SEK to fund the Nobel Prizes.

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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.

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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.

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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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In Memoriam

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Alfred G. Gilman Passes Away

Alfred G. Gilman, 1994 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, died on 23 December, 74 years old. He was awarded for the discovery of G-proteins and the role of these proteins in signal transduction in cells.

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Video interview with Alfred Gilman
Douglass C. North

Douglass C. North 1920-2015

Douglass C. North, awarded the 1993 Prize in Economic Sciences, passed away on 23 November. He shed new light on the economic development in Europe and the United States before and in connection with the industrial revolution, and emphasized the role of property rights and institutions.

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Richard F. Heck

Chemistry Laureate Richard F. Heck Passes Away

Richard F. Heck, awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010 "for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis", passed away on 9 October, 84 years old.

Biography of Richard F. Heck

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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