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2016 Nobel Prizes
- For the Greatest Benefit to Mankind
In his will, Alfred Nobel left much of his wealth to establish the Nobel Prizes, awards to those who had "conferred the greatest benefit to mankind". welcomes this year's 11 new Nobel Laureates: three in Physics, three in Chemistry, one in Physiology or Medicine, one in Literature, one in Peace and two new Laureates in Economic Sciences. All of them are introduced at with presentations, videos, photos and interviews!
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Yoshinori Ohsumi
Yoshinori Ohsumi. Ill. N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media AB 2016.
2016 Medicine Prize
Awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy.

"Without autophagy our cells won't survive". Juleen Zierath of the Medicine Committee explains the importance of Yoshinori Ohsumi's awarded discoveries.
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2016 Physics Prize
Awarded with one half to David J. Thouless, the other half jointly to F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.

"No, I haven't heard anything. I'm talking from an underground car park in Helsinki, Finland, right now". Physics Laureate J. Michael Kosterlitz received the big news in a quite odd place.
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2016 Physics Laureates
David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz. Ill. N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media AB 2016.

2016 Chemistry Laureates
Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa. Ill. N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media AB 2016.
2016 Chemistry Prize
Awarded jointly to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.

"They are so small you can't see them". This year's Chemistry Laureates developed the world's smallest machines. Here, Professor Sara Snogerup Linse of the Chemistry Committee explains the challenge of constructing molecules that act like machines.
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2016 Peace Prize
Awarded to Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.

"This is a very important event for my country, for the victims of this war". Listen to the call when Olav Njølstad, Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, delivers the news to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos that he has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
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Juan Manuel Santos
Juan Manuel Santos. Ill. N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media AB 2016.

2016 Laureates in Economic Sciences
Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström. Ill. N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media AB 2016.
2016 Prize in Economic Sciences
Awarded jointly to Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström for their contributions to contract theory.

"It's a lovely present". Oliver Hart was informed about the Prize the day after his birthday. Listen to the interview following the announcement of the prize.
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2016 Literature Prize
Awarded to Bob Dylan for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.

"He can be read and should be read, and is a great poet in the English tradition". Here, Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, explains why Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan. Ill. N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media AB 2016.

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