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"Once upon our time, there was an earthquake ..."

1991 Nobel Laureate in Literature Nadine Gordimer reads her short story 'Loot' from Loot and Other Stories.

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"Here we come to the heart of the matter: I've never left Istanbul - never left the houses, streets and neighbourhoods of my childhood"

2006 Nobel Laureate in Literature Orhan Pamuk reads from his novel Istanbul: Memories of a City.

Featured Literature Laureates

Olga Tokarczuk was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life." In this interview she talks about her childhood, the road to becoming a Nobel Prize-awarded author, her love of fairytales and the process of writing.

Olga Tokarczuk

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“For want of any children’s books, I read my grandmother’s dictionaries. They were like a marvellous gateway, through which I embarked on a discovery of the world, to wander and daydream as I looked at the illustrated plates, and the maps, and the lists of unfamiliar words.”

In his Nobel Lecture, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio recalled his childhood books.

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio

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What did the Nobel Laureates read when they were young? In their autobiographies and lectures, Nobel Laureates reveal their reading habits: how they got started, who spurred them to read on, and where they spent their time losing themselves between the pages of a book. Find out and compare with your own experience, or simply get inspired!

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Mario Vargas Llosa reads from 'The Storyteller'

"I first became acquainted with the Amazon jungle halfway through 1958 ..."

Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 Literature Laureate, reads an excerpt from 'The Storyteller' ('El Hablador').

Book excerpts

On nobelprize.org, you can find excerpts from many of our literature laureates' literary works such as Olga Tokarczuk's book 'Flights', Gabriel García Márquez's novel 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' and Wisława Szymborska's poem 'The Three Oddest Words'.

Enjoy some excerpts from books or poems written by literature laureates. Discover all the excerpts here.

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Nobel Prize Summit

In this interview, Physics Laureate Brian Schmidt talks about how his dedication to sustainability issues started, the biggest threats and challenges that for the future of our planet and his hopes and dreams for the 2021 Nobel Prize Summit where he will be taking part. Brian Schmidt was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering the accelerating expansion of the universe after observing distant supernovae.

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Professor and physics laureate Brian P. Schmidt.

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Nobel Laureates share their stories

Harvey J. Alter was awarded the Medicine Prize in 2020. In this interview he talks about receiving the Nobel Prize, his journey in science and the roles humour and poetry have played in his work.

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Harvey Alter in December 2020 during an interview with nobelprize.org

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Michael Houghton shared the Medicine Prize 2020 for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus. Here he talks  about his journey into science, his advice for students and the importance of persistence.

Michael Houghton in his lab at Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology

Dr. Michael Houghton in his lab at Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology

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Jennifer Doudna grew up in a small town in Hawaii and loved the natural environment there. Nobody in her family was into sciences, but she soon decided that she wanted to be a chemist. She set off on that journey in college - and never looked back.

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Biochemist Jennifer Doudna with a model of CRISPR-Cas9.

UC Berkeley photo by Stephen McNally

Andrea Ghez was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.” Get to know her in this podcast episode.

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Many Nobel Laureates have often faced times of enormous disruption. Rita Levi-Montalcini faced many challenges on her road to the Nobel Prize. Born in Italy in 1909, her father did not believe in professional careers for women and did not let his daughters enroll at university. But Levi-Montalcini insisted on studying. The long road to the Nobel Prize included having to build a laboratory in her bedroom during World War II.

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Rita Levi-Montalcini

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“I was not always the best student with the highest grades, but my teachers saw something in me and tried to encourage me.” Medicine Laureate May-Britt Moser grew up in a small town on the west coast of Norway. Later, she would uncover one of the biggest mysteries of our brain - how we know where we are and how we navigate from one place to another.

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Laureate May-Britt Moser in the laboratory

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Discover more

In their journey towards the Nobel Prize, each Nobel Laureate has looked at a problem in a new way. They have used creativity to tackle existing problems, or identify new frontiers.

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Paul Nurse speaking at a Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative event held in partnership with AstraZeneca

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Throughout life we all rely on mentors to train us and guide us. It is a subject which many Nobel Laureates speak passionately about, pointing…

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May-Britt Moser meeting students during a Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative event in partnership with AstraZeneca

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Shinya Yamanaka is a runner, a father and the man who first created stem cells from normal body cells. A pioneer of biomedical research, he describes how he was determined to find success in the face of all else.

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Shinya Yamanaka

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Watch the documentary series

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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Nobel Prize nominations

The Norwegian Nobel Committee received 329 candidates for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. 95 of these are organizations.

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2017 Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony.

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Did you know that there is no public list of the current year’s nominees for the Peace Prize? The complete list of nominees of any year’s prizes is not disclosed for 50 years. The same goes for all the prize categories. Learn more about the nomination process in a Q&A with Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

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The nomination process for Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr

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The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 was awarded to the World Food Programme (WFP) for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.

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Nobel Prize Lessons

From genetic editing to combatting world hunger. An unmistakable poetic voice to black holes. New treatments for hepatitis C to the quest for the perfect auction. Now you can bring the discoveries and achievements made by the 2020 Nobel Laureates into the classroom.

The lessons are free and so easy to use that a teacher can look through the manual, watch the slides, print the texts for students and then start the class.

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The Nobel Prize Medal

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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 ...

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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.

Chemist, engineer and industrialist Alfred Nobel left 31 million SEK (today about 265 million dollar) to fund the Nobel Prizes. Read more about his life and work.

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The museum showcases the discoveries and creativity of the Nobel Laureates.

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The story of each Peace Laureate is told at the museum.

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In memoriam

Economist Robert Mundell passed away on 4 April. He was awarded the 1999 Prize in Economic Sciences for work on monetary dynamics and optimum currency areas. His theories had relevance for the introduction of the euro as the European Union's currency.

Isamu Akasaki passed away on 1 April. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources."

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Chemistry Laureate Paul J. Crutzen passed away on 28 January. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for work in atmospheric chemistry, a work that led to extensive limitations on the release of ozone-damaging substances.

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Martinus J.G. Veltman, was awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions concerning electromagnetic and weak interactions of the building blocks of matter. He passed away on 4 January at age 89.

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