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JANUARY 2017
Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore.

An Eye on India
Science Impacts Lives. That is the theme for the Nobel Prize Series programme in India that will take place 9-13 January, combining meetings with an exhibition on ideas that changed the world. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan among many others will participate in the events to inspire new generations. He is one of eight Nobel Laureates with Indian origin, learn more about them here.

From Unknown to Famous

Fairly unknown in Europe at the time, Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature for his "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse". He originally wrote in Bengali, but later reached a broad audience in the West after recasting his poetry in English.
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Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen.
A Tribute to Tagore
Amartya Sen, the first Laureate to be awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences for contributions to welfare economics, was born on the grounds of a school in Santiniketan, India, set up by Rabindranath Tagore. In his banquet speech he acknowledged the tolerant and rationalist ideals of the poet.
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Investigating the Code of Life
H. Gobind Khorana was brought up in poverty in India, but became a biochemist and shared the 1968 Medicine Prize for his role in deciphering the genetic code.
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Desmond Tutu
DNA molecule.

N49 supernova remnant. Photo: NASA.
N49 supernova remnant.
Photo: NASA.
The Life and Death of Stars

Three researchers with Indian origin have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics during the years: Sir Venkata Raman in 1930, Abdus Salam in 1979, and Subramanyan Chandrasekhar in 1983.

On a long sea voyage from India to England in 1930, the young Subramanyan Chandrasekhar passed the time by thinking about what happens to more massive stars once they stop shining. Driven by this curiosity, his work related to the structure and evolution of stars was awarded the 1983 Physics Prize.
arrow Find out more about how stars shine - explore Star Stories


"Every single child matters"
Kailash Sathyarthi abandoned a promising career as an electrical engineer to follow a vision to put an end to child labour. When he received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, he had achieved the release of some 80,000 children. In his Nobel Lecture he said: "My only aim in life is that every child is free to be a child".
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Kailash Sathyarthi
Kailash Sathyarthi.

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan.
A Musical Tribute to the Ribosome
In his Nobel Lecture, 2009 Chemistry Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan tells us about his studies on the structure and function of the ribosome at the atomic level. Watch his animated summary of how the ribosome translates DNA into life.
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Monthly Quiz
The First and Only
Can you name the only woman awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences? Choose a Laureate and click to submit your answer.
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