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Nobel Prize laureates share their stories

Nobel Prize in Literature 1930
In 1930 Sinclair Lewis became the first American to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded for his novels which offered a satirical look at life in the United States. During his lifetime, Lewis wrote 24 novels, more than 70 short stories and several plays and poetry collections. Today he is mainly remembered for the satirical novels Main Street (1920) and It Can’t Happen Here (1936).
Sinclair Lewis and his wife Dorothy Thompson

Sinclair Lewis and his wife Dorothy Thompson, 1931.

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Nobel Prize Summit 2023

Why join us?

A message from the summit organisers

"No sector of society is untouched"

Watch Vidar Helgesen, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation and Marcia McNutt, President of the US National Academy of Sciences, discuss the upcoming Nobel Prize Summit ‘Truth, Trust and Hope’.

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2022 Nobel Prize laureates in discussion

Watch the laureates in a discussion about their discoveries and achievements, and how these might find a practical application. Nobel Minds is hosted by the BBC’s Zeinab Badawi.

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A team of female Yazidi deminers in Iraq attempting to clear their land of mines left behind by ISIS.  A team of scientists on an extraordinary mission in Mozambique to help better our understanding of climate change. A man building prosthetic legs to help victims of war walk again in South Sudan … All are inspired by Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Questions and answers

Hundreds or thousands of nominations are received every year from members of academies, university professors, scientists, previous Nobel Prize laureates, members of parliamentary assemblies and more.  

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about nominations in the FAQ.
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Nobel Prizes 2022

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2022
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2022 was awarded to Svante Pääbo “for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution.”
Denisova, Neanderthal and H. sapiens

© The Nobel Committe for Physiology or Medicine. Ill. Mattias Karlén

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2022
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2022 was awarded to Annie Ernaux “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory.”
Annie Ernaux

Ill. Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Prize Outreach

Nobel Prize lectures 2022

Nobel Week Dialogue 2022

What do we hope for, what matters in life, what does a better future look like, and how far into that future should we be looking? This year’s Nobel Week Dialogue looked towards our future in the hope of making life better, for everyone.
Nobel Week Dialogue 2022

Nobel Week Dialogue 2022.

© Nobel Prize Outreach. Photo: Anna Svanberg

Nobel Prize Concert 2022

German soprano Diana Damrau brought extra star power to the Nobel Prize Concert on 8 December. Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the concert.
2022 Nobel Prize Concert

Diana Damrau, Manfred Honeck and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra performing at the 2022 Nobel Prize Concert.

© Nobel Prize Outreach. Photo: Niklas Elmehed.

Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2022

This year’s forum focused on how to find a way forward for Afghanistan. The forum featured speakers such as Filippo Grandi (UN High Commissioner for Refugees), Hillary Clinton (Former Secretary of State, USA) and Zarifa Ghafari (Afghan activist and politician, former mayor).
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Photo: Antoine Boureau, Millennium/NTB

Explore prizes and laureates

Discover Nobel Prize lessons

Bring the 2022 Nobel Prizes into the classroom! The lessons are free and easy to use right away with ready-made slide shows, a speaker’s manuscripts and student assignments.

The 2022 prizes range from research on quantum mechanics and research on human evolution to documenting war crimes and the role of banks in financial crises.
2022 Nobel Prizes

Illustrations: Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Nobel Committe for Physiology or Medicine. Ill. Mattias Karlén and Niklas Elmehed. © Nobel Prize Outreach

Alfred Nobel – Established the Nobel Prize

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will in Paris, France. The Swedish dynamite millionaire, who thought that his invention would end all wars, had now realised that it was a very deadly product. Wanting to make amends, he did what no man of such wealth had done before …

Alfred Nobel Will

On 10 December 1901 the first Nobel Prizes were awarded, in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. Read more about the first prizes.

The first Nobel Prize Award Ceremony was held in 1901 at the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm.

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Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1930
How much do you know about blood types? Did you know that human blood groups were discovered by Nobel Prize laureate Karl Landsteiner in 1901?

Learn more about the way to find out about the human blood groups, blood typing and the importance of safe blood transfusions. See if you can save the lives of the patients in the game!
Blood typing game
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1904
Is it possible to train a dog to drool on command? Learn about conditioned reflexes in this interactive game!

With this animated game, teachers are able to illustrate classical conditioning in the classroom. The object of the game is to train Pavlov’s dog to respond to a signal that it will associate with being fed.

In 1904, Ivan Pavlov was awarded with Nobel Prize for his pioneering studies of how the digestive system works.
Pavlov's Dog Game

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Step into the shoes of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and learn about the legacy of Alfred Nobel in this immersive learning experience from the Nobel Peace Center. All Minecraft players can now journey alongside Desmond Tutu, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jody Williams and Carl von Ossietzky to bring their vision of a more democratic, peaceful world to life.
Minecraft peacebuilders

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The Red Cross Movement
Can people behave as they like during times of war? No, they can’t. In this game, your mission as a camp commander is to run a prisoner of war camp without violating any human rights. You must follow the humanitarian standards outlined in the Third Geneva Convention. Have a try!
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Nobel destinations

Stockholm, Sweden
The Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, illustrates a century of creativity, where visitors can follow the changes of the 20th century through the Nobel Prize and the Nobel Prize laureates.
The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World (3)

The museum showcases the discoveries and creativity of the Nobel Prize laureates.

Photo: Åke Eson Lindman

Oslo, Norway
Located in the heart of Oslo, Norway, the Nobel Peace Center is a place where you can experience and learn about the various Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
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The story of each peace laureate is told at the museum.

Photo: Johannes Granseth/Nobel Peace Center

In memoriam

K. Alexander Müller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1987 for the discovery of new superconducting materials He passed away on 9 January, age 95.

K. Alexander Müller
Edward C. Prescott passed away on 6 November 2022, age 81. He was awarded the 2004 prize in economic sciences for his contributions to dynamic macroeconomics. The work influenced the monetary and fiscal policies of governments and laid the basis for the increased independence of many central banks.
Edward C. Prescott
Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, died on 30 August. He was awarded the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize for the leading role he played in the radical changes in East-West relations and for bringing the Cold War to a halt.
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev

David Trimble passed away on 25 July. He was awarded the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize together with John Hume for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland.

David Trimble