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Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. Photo: Alex Ljungdahl

The Nobel Foundation Annual Report 2014

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

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The financial management of the Nobel Foundation
The Nobel Foundation Annual Report 2014 (pdf)

2015 Nobel Prize Announcements

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 5 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest
PHYSICS - Tuesday 6 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
CHEMISTRY - Wednesday 7 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
PEACE - Friday 9 October, 11:00 a.m.
ECONOMIC SCIENCES - Monday 12 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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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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World Malaria Day 2015

Malaria parasites have been with us since the dawn of time, and the disease still has a devastating impact on people's health and livelihoods around the world. 25 April is a day to commemorate global efforts to control malaria.

The history of malaria
Mosquito Game

Malaria - A Triangel Drama

Malaria is one of the world's most common diseases, caused by a parasite that is transmitted to humans by a female mosquito's bite.

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Ronald Ross

"It's A Curious Disease"

The battle against malaria is a long and arduous one. In this podcast, Chemistry Laureate Peter Agre talks about the "19th-century disease still with us in the 21st century" from a research institute in Zambia, "100 kilometers into the bush".

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2015 Nobel Prize Nominations


327 Nominated Scientists

327 scientists have been nominated for the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, among them, 57 individuals were nominated for the first time.

Selection of Medicine Laureates


198 Nominated for Literature

For the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy has received 259 proposals.

Read more about the selection of Literature Laureates

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2015 Peace Prize Nominations

The Norwegian Nobel Committee received 276 candidates for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. 49 of these are organizations.

Read more about the selection process

Archive files

Nomination Archive Open

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

Explore the archive

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
Alfred Nobel and his family

Alfred Nobel's Early Years

When Alfred was five years old his father Immanuel, inventor and builder, moved to St. Petersburg. Alfred joined him a few years later.

Early years in St. Petersburg
Will of Alfred Nobel

The 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 - in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace.

Excerpt of Alfred Nobel's will
Alfred Nobel's will on display at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

Alfred Nobel's Will on Public Display

The document that laid the foundation for what has become the world's most prestigious scientific and cultural prize is now on display at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

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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

All 2014 Nobel Laureates. Copyright © Nobel Media. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud.

Last Year's Laureates - Who Were They?

13 persons were awarded in 2014, two women and eleven men.

See all 2014 Nobel Laureates and why they were awarded

Popular Videos

Elie Wiesel

"This Honor Belongs to All the Survivors "

"I swore never to be silent". Listen to Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel's speech at the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony.

Wangari Maathai

"Together, We Have Planted over 30 Million Trees"

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

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.

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.

Educational Games

Diabetic Dog Game

Save the Dog

Help your dog to cope with diabetes.

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Blood Typing Game


Learn about human blood types and blood transfusions!

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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.

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Blood Typing Game

Lord of the Flies

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

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Laser Challenge Game

Find the Authors!

Can you find the hidden names of Literature Laureates in the ocean of letters.

Try the game

Book Tips

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

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In Memoriam

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
Val Fitch

Physics Laureate Val Fitch Passes Away

1980 Nobel Laureate in Physics Val Fitch, who contributed to the standard model of particle physics, died on 5 February at age 91.

Video interview
The 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics
Yves Chauvin

Yves Chauvin,

2005 Chemistry Laureate Yves Chavin passed away on 27 Januari, 84 years old. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis.

Video interview in French