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The Malaria Mosquito - an Insect You Can't Escape

After years of intense research and experimenting, Ronald Ross revealed the mysteries of malaria, the veritable scourge of many countries. In 1902 he was awarded the second-ever Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Read the fascinating Nobel Lecture 'Researches on Malaria'
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Tree Planting to Save Kenyan Forests

Global warming, deforestation, pollution, famine, environmental degradation: the world we live in has always presented a bewildering array of problems that urgently need our attention. Wangari Maathai thought globally and acted locally in her work for the environment and for democracy.

Watch an interview with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai
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Bread for a Hungry World

Norman Borlaug contributed to a historical milestone which is referred to all over the world as the "green revolution" – work to improve the yield of grain production.

Presentation of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize
Sherwood F. Rowland

"We Thought We Had Done some Miscalculations"

In 1973, Chemistry Laureate Sherwood F. Rowland detected a grave environmental problem: that the ozone layer was continually depleted.

Watch Sherwood F. Rowland tell his story
Flowers

Perspectives into the Microcosm

Depictions of the natural environment of Sweden were a principle theme in the poetry of Literature Laureate Harry Martinson.

Read the article 'Catching the Dewdrop, Reflecting the Cosmos'
The Transistor Recycler Game

Don't Waste Useful Things - Recycle!

In order to recycle things we have to know what they are made of. Can you identify which object contains transistors?

Play the Transistor Recycler Game

Popular Videos

"If you work too hard, you will keep going in the same direction"

2001 Medicine Laureate Paul Nurse, awarded for discoveries of key regulators of the cell cycle, explains the dangers of working too hard.


"Someone described good scientists as perpetual adolescents - they never really grow up"

Medicine Laureate Peter Doherty on what makes a good scientist.


"Sleep well at night ... In the night, lots of things happen in your brain"

Oliver Smithies, 2007 Medicine Laureate, gives advice on how to stay healthy and creative.


"I asked my neighbours 'Did you think we murdered somebody?'"

Medicine Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn recalls receiving the phone call about the Nobel Prize.


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.

More about Einstein's Nobel Prize in Physics
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.

More facts about Marie Curie
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.

Tagore and his India
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.

Watch the speech
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.

All Nobel Prizes


Malala Yousafzai

47 Nobel Prizes to Women So Far

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

All Nobel Prize awarded women


Most Popular Laureates:

1.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace Prize 1964

2.

Malala Yousafzai
Peace Prize 2014

3.

Albert Einstein
Physics Prize 1921

4.

Kailash Satyarthi
Peace Prize 2014

5.

Patrick Modiano
Literature Prize 2014


Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. Photo: Alex Ljungdahl

The Nobel Foundation Annual Report

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

Press release
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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Last Year's Laureates - Who Were They?

13 persons were awarded in 2014, two women and eleven men. See a short presentation of them here.

List of all 2014 Nobel Laureates

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


Educational Games

Diabetic Dog Game

Save the Dog

Help your dog to cope with diabetes.

Play the Diabetic Dog Game
Blood Typing Game

Bloodtyping

Learn about human blood types and blood transfusions!

Play the Blood Typing Game

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
Blood Typing Game

Lord of the Flies

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

Play the Lord of the Flies Game

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"Still relevant and powerful today - simply genius"


Discover our visitors' thoughts about Lord of the Flies and many other books


Books

Book Tips

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

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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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In Memoriam

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.
Günter Grass. Photo: H. Grunert Photo: H. Grunert

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
Tomas Tranströmer

Tomas Tranströmer 1931-2015

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer passed away on 26 March. He was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality".

Biography of Tomas Tranströmer