All 2015 Nobel Laureates. Ill. N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media AB 2015.
Mario Molina

Mario Molina: "Climate Change Is Already Happening"

Chemistry Laureate Mario Molina has chaired a new report on climate change. In his Nobel Prize Talks podcast, he emphasizes that we actually can do something about it.

Excerpt from the podcast
Excerpt from the handwritten will of Alfred Nobel

Alfred Nobel's Last Will

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will in Paris, France. The Swedish dynamite millionaire, who thought that his invention would end all wars, had now realised that it was a very deadly product. Wanting to make amends, he did what no man of such wealth had done before.

In his will he outlined the plans for his fortune: it should be divided into five parts to be used for Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace to "those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind."

See the full text of Alfred Nobel's will

Information for the Press

Official Programme for the 2015 Nobel Week

The Nobel Week 2015 – Information for media

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Artists for Nobel Peace Prize Concert Announced

Jason Derulo, Emel, Kygo, A-ha and Aurora will perform at this year's concert on 11 December in Oslo, Norway, hosted by Jay Leno. The concert honours the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate National Dialogue Quartet from Tunisia.

Nobel Peace Prize Concert
Russell Hulse

Happy Birthday, Russell Hulse!

Physics Laureate Russell Hulse celebrates his 65th birthday on 28 November. He was awarded not only for the discovery of two pulsars dancing around each other, but also acknowledged for the discovery of a space laboratory that could test one of Albert Einstein's most important theories.

More about the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics
Albert Einstein lecturing in Vienna, 1921.
Photo: Ferdinand Schmutzer. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons Albert Einstein lecturing in Vienna, 1921. Photo: F. Schmutzer. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Not Only the Theory of Relativity

The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's presentation of the complete theory of general relativity to the Prussian Academy. Although famed for his theories of relativity, it was for his law about light Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Albert Einstein Q&A

2015 Nobel Week Coming Up

Nobel Prize Award Ceremony

Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies

The new Nobel Laureates take center stage on 10 December in Stockholm and Oslo, where two women, eight men; and one organization will receive their Nobel Prizes, and enjoy the Nobel Banquets afterwards.

Programme for the Nobel Week

Nobel Medals

The Nobel Medals - a Work of Handmade Precision

According to the Statutes of the Nobel Foundation, each Nobel Laureate shall be presented with a Nobel Medal.

See how the Nobel Medals are manufactured

Thousands of Flowers Decorate the Festivities

Flowers from the city of Sanremo in Italy, where Alfred Nobel spent his last years, decorate the festivities in the Stockholm Concert Hall and the City Hall each year.

Watch a short video about the work with floral decorations
Table ware

A Glimmering Banquet for Many Guests

The tables at the Nobel Banquet in the Stockholm City Hall are set with meticulous precision and care and comprise no fewer than some 7,000 porcelain pieces.

Watch a short video about the Nobel Banquet preparations
Daniil Trifonov. Photo © Dario Acosta photography/DG.

Daniil Trifonov. Photo © Dario Acosta photography/DG.

2015 Nobel Prize Concert Features Franz Welser-Möst and Daniil Trifonov

One of today's most celebrated conductors, Franz Welser-Möst, will lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the concert on 8 December. Soloist is the young pianist Daniil Trifonov.

Interview with Daniil Trifonov

2015 Nobel Week Dialogue Puts Focus on the Future of Intelligence

- What is intelligence?
- What sorts of intelligence do we need to meet future challenges?
- Does technology change our brains?

On 9 December, Nobel Laureates, world-leading scientists, policy makers and the general public will join in an inspiring Nobel Week Dialogue, this year in Gothenberg. The event will be stremed live at

More about the event

2015 Nobel Prizes

Neutrinos. Ill: © Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Ill: © Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

2015 Physics Prize

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 was awarded jointly to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass".

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2015 Chemistry Prize

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 was awarded jointly to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar "for mechanistic studies of DNA repair".

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2015 Medicine Prize

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was awarded with one half jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura "for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites" and the other half to Youyou Tu "for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria".

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2015 Literature Prize

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2015 is awarded to the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time".

Press release
Bio-biographical information
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2015 Peace Prize

The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011". 

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2015 Prize in Economic Sciences

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2015 was awarded to Angus Deaton "for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare".

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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 (today about 265 million dollar) to fund the Nobel Prizes.

Alfred Nobel's life and work
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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

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

See all the Nobel Laureates and why they were awarded the Nobel Prize.

All Nobel Prizes

Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Prizes to Women

See the list of all Nobel Prize awarded women.

Nobel Prize awarded women

Jean-Paul Sartre

Two Declined

Jean-Paul Sartre and Le Duc Tho both declined the Nobel Prize.

More about the Literature Prize to Jean-Paul Sartre
More about Le Duc Tho
May-Britt and Edvard I. Moser on stage after the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2014. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud

Nobel Prize Awarded Couples

Five married couples have been awarded Nobel Prizes.

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Nobel Prize Nominations

Nobel Laureates

Who Deserves a Nobel Prize?

Alfred Nobel wanted most of his fortune to be used for prizes to award those who had "conferred the greatest benefit to mankind". See who's visitors thought were worthy of a Nobel Prize.

Read the suggestions

Who Can Nominate for A Nobel Prize?

No person can nominate herself/himself for a Nobel Prize. But who can? And how are these persons chosen?

Read more about how the Nobel Laureates are nominated
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Explore the Nomination Archive

Search among the names of the nominees and nominators, as well as additional information about the nominations 1901-1964.

Search in the archive

Nominators, Nominees and Laureates

Here you can discover the individuals who have nominated others for a Nobel Prize, those who were nominated for a Nobel Prize and those who later became Nobel Laureates.

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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

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
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.

2008 Nobel Prize in Physics

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.

2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry