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Shinya Yamanaka receives the Nobel Prize, © Alex Ljungdahl

Nobel Prizes
and Laureates

Lists of Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Quick Facts

Awards: 579 Prizes to 911 Laureates
Prize categories: 6
Awarded women: 48
Awarded organizations: 23
Multiple Nobel Laureates: 6
Average age of a Laureate: 59
Age of youngest Laureate: 17
Age of oldest Laureate: 90

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911 Nobel Laureates

Awarded for "the Greatest Benefit to Mankind"


Between 1901 and 2016, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 579 times to 911 people and organizations. The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden, and based on the fortune of Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor and entrepreneur. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize. Each Prize consists of a medal, a personal diploma, and a cash award.

A person or organization awarded the Nobel Prize is called Nobel Laureate. The word "laureate" refers to being signified by the laurel wreath. In ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were awarded to victors as a sign of honor.

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Most Popular Laureates


1.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace Prize 1964

2.

Albert Einstein
Physics Prize 1921

3.

Malala Yousafzai
Peace Prize 2014

4.

Marie Curie
Physics Prize 1903

5.

Rabindranath Tagore
Literature Prize 1913

6.

Niels Bohr
Physics Prize 1922

7.

Mother Teresa
Peace Prize 1979

8.

Nelson Mandela
Peace Prize 1993

9.

Bob Dylan
Literature Prize 2016

10.

Pablo Neruda
Literature Prize 1971

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The Nobel Prize in Physics

110 Nobel Prizes to 204 Laureates between 1901 and 2016.

All Nobel Prizes and Physics Laureates
Facts and figures on the Physics Prize
Molecules

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry

108 Nobel Prizes to 175 Laureates between 1901 and 2016.

All Nobel Prizes and Chemistry Laureates
Facts and figures on the Chemistry Prize
Neurons

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

107 Nobel Prizes to 211 Laureates between 1901 and 2016.

All Nobel Prizes and Medicine Laureates
Facts and figures on the Medicine Prize
Tigers

The Nobel Prize in Literature

109 Nobel Prizes to 113 Laureates between 1901 and 2016.

All Nobel Prizes and Literature Laureates
Facts and figures on the Literature Prize
Hands

The Nobel Peace Prize

97 Nobel Prizes to 130 Laureates between 1901 and 2016.

All Nobel Peace Prizes and Laureates
Facts and figures on the Peace Prize
Economics prize

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel

48 Prizes to 78 Laureates between 1969 and 2016.

All Prizes and Laureates in Economic Sciences
Facts and figures on the Prize in Economic Sciences
Bubbles

11 New Nobel Laureates

11 persons were awarded in 2016. There are now three new Nobel Laureates in Physics, three in Chemistry, on in Physiology or Medicine, one in Literature, one in Peace and two new Laureates in Economic Sciences. See a short presentation of them here.

List of 2016 Nobel Laureates
Graph showing Female Nobel Laureates

All Female Nobel Laureates

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

All Nobel Prize awarded women

What Do the Nobel Laureates Receive?

Nobel Diploma Mo Yan

The Nobel Diplomas

Each Nobel Diploma is a unique work of art, created by foremost Swedish and Norwegian artists and calligraphers.

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The Nobel Medals

The Nobel medals show the image of Alfred Nobel on the face. The image on the reverse varies according to the institution awarding the prize.

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Money

The Nobel Prize Amount

The Nobel Prize amount for 2016 was set at SEK 8.0 million per full Nobel Prize. Until 1968, in principle more than three persons could share a Nobel Prize, but this never happened in practice.

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