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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, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
LITERATURE - The date will be set later.

Times listed are local time in Sweden (CET).

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Laurel wreaths

What is a Nobel Laureate?

A Laureate is a person honoured for high achievement in a particular field. A Nobel Laureate is someone who is awarded the Nobel Prize.

The word "laureate" refers to being signified by the laurel wreath. In ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were awarded to victors as a sign of honour.

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2016 Medicine Prize will be announced in:

35 days

Monday 3 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest

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

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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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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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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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Most Popular Laureates


Albert Einstein
Physics Prize 1921


Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace Prize 1964


Rabindranath Tagore
Literature Prize 1913


Mother Teresa
Peace Prize 1979


Marie Curie
Physics Prize 1903

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.

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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!

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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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The Nobel Foundation Annual Report 2015

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

The financial management of the Nobel Foundation

2016 Nobel Prize Concert

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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 are on sale at

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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

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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 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.

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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

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In Memoriam

James W. Cronin

James W. Cronin Passes Away

James W. Cronin passed away on 25 August, 84 years old. He was awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery that the matter-antimatter symmetry is violated when the neutral K-meson decays.

Video interview with James Cronin
1980 Nobel Prize in Physics

Ahmed Zewail

Ahmed Zewail 1946-2016

Ahmed Zewail passed away on 2 August at age 70. He was awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his pioneering investigation of fundamental chemical reactions, using ultra-short laser flashes, on the time scale on which the reactions actually occur.

1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel Passes Away

Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Holocaust survivor, passed away on 2 July at age 87. Elie Wiesel saw the struggle against indifference as a struggle for peace. In his words: "The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference".

Video interview with Elie Wiesel
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.

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