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Happy Birthday K. Barry Sharpless!

K. Barry Sharpless celebrates his 76th birthday on 28 April. He was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing chiral catalysts for oxidations.

K. Barry Sharpless

"While I had an overwhelming passion for fishing, school I merely enjoyed and I never planned to be a scientist. In fact, passion, not planning, is the engine driving all my thought and action."



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The Nobel Foundation Annual Report 2016

The Nobel Foundation manages the assets made available through Alfred Nobel's will for the awarding of the Nobel Prizes.

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The financial management of the Nobel Foundation

The Nobel Foundation Annual Report 2016 (pdf)
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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.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - Monday 2 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest
The Nobel Prize in Physics - Tuesday 3 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Wednesday 4 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
The Nobel Peace Prize - Friday 6 October, 11:00 a.m.
The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel - Monday 9 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
The Nobel Prize in Literature - The date will be set later.
Times listed are local time in Sweden (CET).

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Gustavo Dudamel. Photo: Vern Evans/Los Angeles Philharmonic

Photo: V. Evans/Los Angeles Philharmonic

Gustavo Dudamel to Conduct the Nobel Prize Concert

The internationally renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel will be conducting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2017 Nobel Prize Concert.

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Awarded women

Women Who 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 them all in this video.


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Awarded for "the Greatest Benefit to Mankind"

Eleven persons were awarded Nobel Prizes in 2016. See a short presentation of them here.

2016 Nobel Laureates
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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.

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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.

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
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.

Questions and answers about Albert Einstein

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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.


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.


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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Infectious Diseases in Focus

This documentary takes the viewers on an eye-opening journey through some of the most important advances in our understanding of infectious diseases, focusing on the relentless efforts of Nobel Laureates to uncover the mysteries of the body's smallest adversaries.


The Nobel Prize in Numbers

Number 900

All Nobel Laureates

Between 1901 and 2016, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 579 times to 911 people and organizations.

All Nobel Prizes


Number 49

Nobel Prizes to Women

The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women 49 times between 1901 and 2016.

All Nobel Prize awarded women


Number 17

Youngest Laureate

Youngest Nobel Laureate ever is 17-year old Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

All Nobel Laureates by age
Number 90

Oldest Laureate

Leonid Hurwicz was 90 years old when he was awarded the 2007 Prize in Economic Sciences.

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Nobel Prize Nominations

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2017 Peace Prize Nominations

The Norwegian Nobel Committee received 318 candidates for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. 103 of these are organizations.

Read more about the selection of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

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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?

More about the nomination process for a Nobel Laureate

Geir Lundestad

The Nomination Process for the Peace Prize

Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, answers questions about the nomination of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

Questions & Answers
Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi - Nominated but Never Awarded

Mahatma Gandhi, the strongest symbol of non-violence in the 20th century, was nominated for the Peace Prize a few days before he was killed on 30 January 1948.

Read about the 'missing Laureate'
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© Nobel Media AB. Photo: Pi Frisk

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
Nobel Center, night view. © 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


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In Memoriam

Alexei Abrikosov

Alexei Abrikosov Passes Away

Alexei Abrikosov, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2003 for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids, passed away on 29 March, age 88.

Biography of Alexei Abrikosov
More about the 2003 Physics Prize
Derek Walcott

Caribbean Poet Derek Walcott Passes Away at 87

Derek Walcott was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1992 "for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment".

1992 Nobel Prize in Literature
Video interview with Derek Walcott
Hans G. Dehmelt

Hans G. Dehmelt Passes Away

Hans G. Dehmelt, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1989 for the development of the ion trap technique, passed away on 7 March, age 94.

Hans Dehmelt's autobiography
1989 Nobel Prize in Physics

George A. Olah

George A. Olah 1927-2017

George A. Olah, George A. Olah "for his contribution to carbocation chemistry", passed away on 8 March, age 89.

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1994 Chemistry Prize