2013 Medicine Prize
Collage of Medicine Laureates

2014 Medicine Prize will be announced in:

47 days

Monday 6 October, 11:30 a.m.


Awards: 104 Prizes to 204 Laureates
Prizes to one Laureate only: 38
Awarded women: 10
Average age of a Medicine Laureate: 58
More facts on the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Awarded to 204 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 discovery within the domain of physiology or medicine ...”

(Excerpt from the will of Alfred Nobel)

Alfred Nobel had an active interest in medical research. Through Karolinska Institutet, he came into contact with Swedish physiologist Jöns Johansson around 1890. Johansson worked in Nobel’s laboratory in Sevran, France during a brief period the same year. Physiology or medicine was the third prize area Nobel mentioned in his will.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

2013 Medicine Prize

James E. Rothman

"We Like People that Fail"

For James Rothman, science is a very emotional and social thing.

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Thomas C. Südhof

"Billions of Nerve Cells that Constantly Talk to Each Other"

Thomas C. Südhof explains his work in this video

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The Blood Typing Game

Play and Learn about the Human Blood Types

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Karl Landsteiner

The ABO Blood Groups

Human blood groups were discovered in 1901 by Karl Landsteiner, later awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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Did You Know?

Two most common reasons why people don't give blood are:

"Never thought about it."


"I don't like needles."