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Physiology or Medicine - Monday 1 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest
Physics - Tuesday 2 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
Chemistry - Wednesday 3 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
Peace - Friday 5 October, 11:00 a.m.
Economic Sciences - Monday 8 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest

 

The Swedish Academy has decided to postpone the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, with the intention of awarding it in 2019.

 

Times listed are local time in Sweden and Norway.

 

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Nobel Prize teacher summit

The teacher summit is a day of exploration and inspiration featuring Nobel Laureates, change makers, and teachers from around the world.

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Leymah Gbowee

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Alfred Nobel - Established the Nobel Prizes

Chemist, engineer and industrialist Alfred Nobel left 31 million SEK (today about 265 million dollars) to fund the Nobel Prizes.

When Alfred was five years old his father Immanuel, an inventor and builder, moved to St. Petersburg. Alfred joined him a few years later.

Alfred Nobel 1853

Based on Alfred’s work and patents a whole new industry developed. Within ten years, 16 explosives producing factories had been founded in 14 countries.

Nobels Dynamite 10 Nov 1906

In his will of 27 November 1895, signed in Paris, Alfred Nobel specified that the bulk of his fortune should be used for prizes.

Alfred Nobel Will

Youngest Nobel Laureate ever is Malala Yousafzai. She was 17 years old when she was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala Yousafzai

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Stockholm, Sweden
The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World (3)
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.

Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center

In memoriam

Physics Laureate Charles Kao passed away on 23 September. His discoveries have paved the way for optical fiber technology, which today is used for almost all telephony and data communication.

Charles Kuen Kao

James Mirrlees passed away on 29 August. He was was awarded the 1996 Prize in Economic Sciences for making fundamental contributions to the economic theory of incentives under asymmetric information.

James A. Mirrlees

The former UN Secretary General was awarded the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize thanks to his work for a better organised and more peaceful world. Kofi Annan passed away on 18 August in Bern, Switzerland, aged 80.

Kofi Annan

Literature Laureate V. S. Naipaul passed away on 11 August. He was awarded the Nobel Prize "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories”.

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul