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Each year, thousands of members of academies, university professors, scientists, previous Nobel Laureates and members of parliamentary assemblies and others, are asked to submit candidates for the Nobel Prizes for the coming year. These nominators are chosen in such a way that as many countries and universities as possible are represented over time.
Read more about how the Nobel Laureates are nominated:
Nomination of the Physics Laureates
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Nomination of the Medicine Laureates
Nomination of the Literature Laureates
Nomination of the Peace Prize Laureates
Nomination of the Laureates in Economic Sciences
In the nomination archive, you can search among the names of the nominees and nominators, as well as additional information about the nominations 1901-1964, now revealed according to the 50 years rule.
Here you can discover the individuals who have nominated others for a Nobel Prize, those who were nominated for a Nobel Prize and those who later became Nobel Laureates.
Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, answers questions about the nomination of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.Questions & Answers
Alfred Nobel left no explanation as to why the Peace Prize was to be awarded by a Norwegian committee while the other four prizes were to be handled by Swedish committees.Read more
The Nobel Peace Prize and the awarded Laureates have frequently caused controversies as they in many cases have increased public focus on international or national conflicts.Read the article
The first nomination for Martin Luther King Jr. arrived to the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 1963. Not until now, 50 years later, the nominators are revealed.Read more
For the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy has received 259 proposals, resulting in 198 nominated persons. Among them, 36 are first time nominees.Read more about the selection of Literature Laureates
Rabindranath Tagore, Sinclair Lewis, Pearl Buck, Bertrand Russell and William Faulkner are some of the authors who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature after being nominated in one year only.Nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature per year
See which authors the Literature Laureates themselves nominated 1901-1950.Nominations by Nobel Laureates
Once the statutes of the Nobel Foundation had been ratified in June 1900, the Swedish Academy immediately set to work on the preparations required to enable the award of the first prize in 1901.More about the work
Geir Lundestad, former Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, answers frequently asked questions about the Nobel Peace Prize.
Peter Englund, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, answers questions about the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Peter Englund, former Secretary of the Economic Sciences Prize Committee, answers frequently asked questions about the Prize in Economic Sciences.
Göran K. Hansson, former Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, answers questions about the Medicine Prize15 questions about the Medicine Prize