Chemistry Laureates
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Wednesday 5 October, 11:45 a.m.


Awards: 107 Prizes to 172 Laureates
Prizes to one Laureate only: 63
Awarded women: 4

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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Awarded to 172 Nobel Laureates since 1901

"The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: /- - -/ one part to the person who shall have made the most important chemical discovery or improvement ..."

(Excerpt from the will of Alfred Nobel)

Chemistry was the most important science for Alfred Nobel’s own work. The development of his inventions as well as the industrial processes he employed were based upon chemical knowledge. Chemistry was the second prize area that Nobel mentioned in his will.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

2015 Chemistry Prize

DNA. Ill: © Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Ill: © Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 was awarded jointly to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar "for mechanistic studies of DNA repair".

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Tomas Lindahl.  Photo: A. Mahmoud

"I feel very lucky and privileged"

"I'm not a politician. I’m not used to talk on two phones at the same time." Life is getting busy for Tomas Lindahl, awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In this short interview, Tomas Lindahl also talks about his research and early days in Sweden.

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Paul Modrich. Photo: A. Mahmoud

"Shock. Surprise. Excitement"

Paul Modrich was on vacation in his little cabin in the woods in New Hampshire when he got the news through e-mail that he had been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. "I’m in the right place at the right time."

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Aziz Sancar. Photo: A. Mahmoud

Aziz Sancar: "I'm honored to get this recognition"

"My wife took the call and woke me up". Chemistry Laureate Aziz Sancar on being awarded the Nobel Prize.

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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1901-2000

During the beginning of the 20th century chemistry flourished, and that time is intimately connected with fundamental developments.

Article: The development of modern chemistry

Did You Know?


Nobel Prizes in Chemistry have been awarded between 1901 and 2015.


Chemistry Prizes have been given to one Laureate only.


women have been awarded the Chemistry Prize so far.


person, Frederick Sanger, has been awarded the Chemistry Prize twice, in 1958 and in 1980.


years was the age of the youngest Chemistry Laureate ever, Frédéric Joliot, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1935.


years was the age of the oldest Chemistry Laureate, John B. Fenn, when he was awarded the Chemistry Prize in 2002.


is the average age of the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry the year they were awarded the prize.

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Ahmed Zewail

"This is the last 20 minutes of peace in your life ..."

Ahmed Zewail, 1999 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, recalls the moment he got to know that he was awarded the Nobel Prize.

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2014 Chemistry Prize

The principles of STED-microscopy. Ill: J. Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

The Optical Microscope Became a Nanoscope

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 was awarded jointly to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner.

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Eric Betzig lecturing

"We knew we had to work fast"

Eric Betzig dedicated his Nobel Lecture about super-resolution optics to "all people taking risks but in the end failed".

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Stefan W. Hell

"What I discovered is that you can overcome this barrier"

Watch Stefan W. Hell give a short and simple explanation of the fluorescence microscope.

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William E. Moerner

"A single molecule is incredibly tiny"

William E. Moerner describes his Nobel Prize awarded work in easy-to-understand terms.

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Why Chemistry Matters


Many Facets

Learn about chemistry's many facets and why would one claim that chemistry is the 'queen of all sciences'.

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Explore how Nobel Laureates compare their own research to the adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Colour explosion

A Beautiful Science

From molecules to equations to experiments, learn how and why chemistry is beautiful.

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