Laureate in Economic Sciences Robert A. Mundell delivering his banquet speech.
Robert A. Mundell delivering his banquet speech. © The Nobel Foundation 1999. Photo: H. Pettersson.

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Speeches with a personal touch
One unexpected duty that new Nobel Laureates may find awaiting them during the Nobel Week in Stockholm is the requirement to give an after-dinner speech at the Nobel Banquet on 10 December. These speeches, taking no more than two to three minutes, are traditionally delivered by just one of the Laureates from each category.
The archive of these banquet speeches is a treasure-trove, offering insights into the personality of the Laureates and wide-ranging reflections on their works, the Nobel Prize and its meaning. Robert Mundell, Laureate in Economic Sciences 1999, even gave his message in a song.
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"You will be dead before you get there"
Ada Yonath, awarded the 2009 Chemistry Prize for uncovering the structure of the ribosome, described in her speech the predictions she met from other scientists during her research work.
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Ada Yonath
Ada Yonath.

J. M. Coetzee
J. M. Coetzee.
"Mommy, Mommy, I won a prize!" "That's wonderful, my dear. Now eat your carrots before they get cold."
J. M. Coetzee, Literature Laureate 2003, took the opportunity to remember his parents in his banquet speech.
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"Find passion in your work"
2005 Medicine Laureate Barry Marshall, one of two researchers who discovered that peptic ulcer is caused by a bacterial infection of the stomach, gave advice to aspiring scientists in his speech.
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Barry Marshall.
Barry Marshall.

Orhan Pamuk
Orhan Pamuk.
"Literature is about happiness"
Orhan Pamuk, Literature Laureate 2006, tried to answer the question 'Why do you write' and talked about keeping the child in you alive.
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"Time was to stop for me during this Nobel week"
The mood in the hall raised when V.S. Naipaul, Literature Laureate 2001, recalled what happened on his way to Stockholm.
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V.S. Naipaul
V.S. Naipaul.

Monthly Quiz
The dinner of the year
In recent years, each Banquet dinner has been a gastronomically enjoyable experience. Its guiding principle is that the menus should have a touch of Scandinavia. The menu is held secret until 7 p.m. on the same day it will be served, but up to 2001 you could be sure of one thing ? the dessert. What did it consist of? Make a guess and click to submit your answer.
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