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How do you deal with failure?

In this new podcast episode Chemistry Laureate Robert Lefkowitz speaks about the inevitable part of doing science. He shares his experience of being a top student that all of sudden needed to deal with failure. He also speaks about the importance of mentoring and how crucial collaboration is for scientific development.


Laureates share their thoughts

2019 Physics Laureates: Why I got into science

“I used to break apart stuff just to understand how it works”

James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz were awarded last year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos. Here they tell why they got into science.

Nobel Laureates share their stories

Harvey J. Alter was awarded the Physics 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

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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

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“I remember being told over and over again: Women, you can do anything, so it never entered my mind that I couldn’t”

In this interview 2018 Physics Laureate Donna Strickland talks about her early years, women in science, collaboration and about being awarded the Nobel Prize.

Esther Duflo: "The whole field has to become more gentle"

In 2019 Esther Duflo was awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences for her work fighting poverty. She was the second woman and youngest person to do so. In this interview she talks about how to increase the number of female economists, how economics and sustainability correlate and how India became her second home.

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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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Nobel Minds 2020

Nobel Laureates in discussion

The 2020 Nobel Laureates talk about their research and careers in a unique roundtable discussion, 'Nobel Minds', moderated by Cecilia Gralde. They are discussing the theories, discoveries and research behind their awards, and the value of science in dealing with the global pandemic.

Participating Nobel Laureates: Physics laureate Andrea Ghez, Chemistry laureate Emmanuelle Charpentier, Medicine laureate Michael Houghton, Assistant Executive-Director Valerie Guarnieri representing Peace Prize laureate World Food Programme and laureate in Economic Sciences Paul Milgrom.

Nobel Week Dialogue

Nobel Prize Concert 2020

The world-renowned pianist Igor Levit performed at the 2020 Nobel Prize Concert on 8 December. At his side, he had conductor Stéphane Denève leading the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Nobel Prize Concert 2020

Igor Levit and Stéphane Denève at Konsterthuset Stockholm, Sweden, on 8 December 2020.

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Nobel Prizes 2020

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.

Nobel Medal

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 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.

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In memoriam

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.

Paul J. Crutzen

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.


Physicist Jack Steinberger passed away on 12 December. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988 after managing to create a beam of neutrinos using a high-energy accelerator.

Masatoshi Koshiba passed away on 12 November. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2002 "for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, in particular for the detection of cosmic neutrinos."

Masatoshi Koshiba