Oscar Arias Sánchez

Celebrating Teachers - Heroes behind Past, Present, and Future Nobel Prizes

PEACE 2014

Malala Yousafzai: "Thank you to all my wonderful teachers"


Gerhard Ertl: "That’s why I became a physicist!"


Martin Chalfie: "I thought it was astonishing!"


Oliver Smithies: "He was a marvellous teacher"


Leland Hartwell: "I really got hooked"


Martinus Veltman: "He did the extra piece"


Eric Kandel: "I had a remarkable experience"


Tomas Lindahl: "I had inspiring help from an outstanding chemistry teacher"


May-Britt Moser: "I was noticed. It made a difference."

Read more in May-Britt Moser's biography
Koichi Tanaka CHEMISTRY 2002

Koichi Tanaka: "I discovered that learning could be enjoyable"

Read more about Koichi Tanaka's life


Sir Harold Kroto

Sir Harold Kroto 1939-2016

Sir Harold Kroto was awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of carbon atoms bound in the form of a ball - fullerenes. He passed away on 30 April, 76 years old.

More about the 1996 Chemistry Prize
Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. Photo: Alex Ljungdahl

The Nobel Foundation Annual Report 2015

The Nobel Foundation’s capital has grown by one billion Swedish kronor since 2011.

Press release
The financial management of the Nobel Foundation
The Nobel Foundation Annual Report 2015 (pdf)

The date and time for the announcements of the recipients of the Nobel Prize and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel are now set.

PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE - Monday 3 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest
PHYSICS - Tuesday 4 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
CHEMISTRY - Wednesday 5 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
PEACE - Friday 7 October, 11:00 a.m.
ECONOMIC SCIENCES - Monday 10 October, 1:00 p.m. at the earliest
LITERATURE - The date will be set later.

Times listed are local time in Sweden (CET).

Nobel Laureates Facts

William E. Moerner receiving his Nobel Prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2014. Photo: Niklas Elmehed

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.

All Nobel Prizes

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
Pierre and Marie Curie

Nobel Prize Awarded Organizations

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

Read more

Most Popular Laureates


Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace Prize 1964


Albert Einstein
Physics Prize 1921


Malala Yousafzai
Peace Prize 2014


Marie Curie
Physics Prize 1903


Elie Wiesel
Peace Prize 1986

Featured Nobel Laureates

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
Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein - Not Only the Theory of Relativity

Although famed for his theory of general relativity, it was his law about light that gave Albert Einstein the Nobel Prize in Physics 95 years ago.

Albert Einstein's biography
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

2016 Nobel Prize Concert

Jonas Kaufmann. © Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Music Jonas Kaufmann. Photo © Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Music.

Jonas Kaufmann Soloist at the Nobel Prize Concert 2016

Jonas Kaufmann, "the most important versatile tenor of his generation", will perform at the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm, Sweden, on 8 December 2016. Gianandrea Noseda, newly appointed music director at the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, USA, will lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets will go on sale on 24 May.

More about the 2016 Nobel Prize Concert
Nobel Prize Concert

The Nobel Prize Concert

The Nobel Prize Concert is a classical music concert of the highest international standard, arranged every year by Nobel Media in cooperation with the Stockholm Concert Hall, and held in honour of the current year's Nobel Laureates. The concert is held on 8 December as part of the official Nobel Week program of activities.

Enjoy previous concerts featuring Andris Nelsons, Riccardo Muti and others

Information for the Press

The Nobel Foundation’s capital has grown by one billion Swedish kronor since 2011

Learning for Life – Nobel Prize Series Dubai inspires engagement in science

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Nobel Medal. Registered trademark of the Nobel Foundation. © ® The Nobel Foundation. Photo: Lovisa Engblom

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

Nobel women

They Changed the World

Literary mastery, pioneering science, life-saving discoveries and actions for peace and human rights – achievements of women around the world awarded the Nobel Prize.

See all awarded women
2014 Medicicne Laureates John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser

Explore the Nobel Prize Talks Podcast

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

See all episodes

Popular Videos

Wangari Maathai

They Unlocked the Secrets of Our Cells

This documentary recognises four of the 2012 Nobel Laureates whose discoveries has have led to huge leaps forward in the understanding of medical research.

Mother Teresa

"The Poorest of the Poor Are Our Brothers and Our Sisters"

Watch Mother Teresa delivering her acceptance speech after being awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.

Wangari Maathai

"Together, We Have Planted over 30 Million Trees"

In her Nobel Lecture, 2004 Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai acknowledged the countless groups that work quietly to protect the environment.

John Nash

"I Knew I Had a Good Idea"

In this interview, John Nash, 1994 Laureate in Economic Sciences, talks about the impact the Prize had on his life, his talent for mathematics as a child, and shares his thoughts about the movie on his life, A Beautiful Mind.

Nobel Center. © David Chipperfield Architects

© 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

Bust of Alfred Nobel. © Nobel Media AB. Photo: A. Mahmoud

Alfred Nobel. © Nobel Media AB. Photo: A. Mahmoud

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

Educational Games

Diabetic Dog Game

Save the Dog

Help your dog to cope with diabetes.

Play the Diabetic Dog Game
Blood Typing Game


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

In Memoriam

Walter Kohn

Walter Kohn Passes Away

Walter Kohn passed away on 21 April, 93 years old. He was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of the density-functional theory. This presented new opportunities for calculations involving chemical structures and reactions.

More about the 1998 Chemistry Prize
Lloyd S. Shapley

Lloyd S. Shapley 1923-2016

Lloyd S. Shapley, awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences 2012 "for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design", passed away on 12 March, 92 years old.

2012 Prize in Economic Sciences

Irwin Rose

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.

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.

Biography of Douglass C. North