12 New Nobel Laureates in 2017!

The Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded all in all 580 times. There are now three new Nobel Laureates in Physics, three in Chemistry, three in Physiology or Medicine, one in Literature, one in Peace - this year an organisation - and one new Laureate in Economic Sciences. All in all, there are now 923 Nobel Laureates! See the full list here.

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The Very First Nobel Prizes

The first five Nobel Prizes ever were awarded on 10 December 1901. The Nobel Laureates' names had been kept secret and were revealed on the same day.

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Information for the Press

The Nobel Week 2017 in Stockholm – information for media

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Nobel Prize Awarded Organizations

1901-2016, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 26 times to organizations.

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Malala Yousafzai

Youngest Laureate

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

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Women Who Changed the World

Literary mastery, pioneering science, life-saving discoveries and actions for peace and human rights - achievements of women around the world awarded the Nobel Prize. See them all in this video.

2017 Physics Prize

Gravitational waves. © Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences © Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was divided, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves".

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Rainer Weiss Rainer Weiss. © Nobel Media. Ill. N. Elmehed

"Space is enormously stiff. You can't squish it."

Rainer Weiss explains why measuring the effect of gravitational waves is so very hard to achieve.

Interview with Rainer Weiss
Kip S. Thorne Kip S. Thorne. © Nobel Media. Ill. N. Elmehed

"Huge discoveries are really the result of giant collaborations"

Kip S. Thorne on how this year's Nobel Prize in Physics was a remarkable team effort.

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Barry C. Barish Barry C. Barish © Nobel Media. Ill. N. Elmehed

"The actual size of the signal was about one thousandth the size of a proton!"

Barry C. Barish about the LIGO detector in a short interview after the announcement.

Interview with Barry C. Barish

2017 Chemistry Prize

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2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 was awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution".

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Jacques Dubochet. ll: N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media 2016 Jacques Dubochet. © Nobel Media. Ill. N. Elmehed

"If you have them in ice ... the molecules, like fish, are dead"

Jacques Dubochet explains how his technique of water vitrification has allowed us to observe biomolecules like Zika and Salmonella in their natural state.

Interview with Jacques Dubochet
Joachim Frank. ll: N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media 2016 Joachim Frank. © Nobel Media. Ill. N. Elmehed

"Normally, my dog wakes me early in the morning. But today, it was the Nobel Prize!"

Joachim Frank on how he felt receiving the phone call from Stockholm.

Interview with Joachim Frank
Richard Henderson . ll: N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media 2016 Richard Henderson. © Nobel Media. Ill. N. Elmehed

"It's opened up a previously unapproachable area of structural biology"

Richard Henderson was in a meeting on cryo-EM when his phone rang ...

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2017 Medicine Prize

Circadian clock © The Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine 2017. Ill. Mattias Karlén

2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017 was awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young "for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm".

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Jeffrey C. Hall Jeffrey C. Hall. Ill. Niklas Elmehed. © Nobel Media 2017.

"The key fourth awardee here is ... the little fly"

Jeffrey C. Hall praised the role of the humble fruit fly when he was interviewed after the announcement.

Interview with Jeffrey C. Hall
Michael W. Young Michael W. Young. Ill. Niklas Elmehed. © Nobel Media 2017.

"I just thought it was a terrific problem ..."

Here, Michael W. Young explains why he decided to take on the mystery of circadian rhythms.

Read or listen to the interview with Michael W. Young
Michael Rosbash Michael Rosbash. Ill. Niklas Elmehed. © Nobel Media 2017.

My wife said, "Start breathing"

Michael Rosbash was awakened by the telephone call from Stockholm early in the morning.

Interview with Michael Rosbash

2017 Literature Prize

Kazuo Ishiguro Kazuo Ishiguro. Ill: N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media 2017

2017 Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 is awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".

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Kazuo Ishiguro

"I come in the line of lots of my greatest heroes"

Here, 2017 Literature Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro shares his reaction to the award, discusses the uncertainty about values in the Western world, and reveals: "I do a very good Bob Dylan impersonation!"

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2017 Peace Prize

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2017 Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

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The Call from Oslo

Listen to when Executive Director of ICAN Beatrice Fihn receives the news that International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Announcement of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Watch Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, announce the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

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Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN Photo: Clare Conboy

"This Will Mean the World to Us"

In an interview recorded immediately after she had heard the news, Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN, describes the significance for ICAN of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

Interview with ICAN's Beatrice Fihn

2017 Prize in Economic Sciences

 2017 Laureate in Economic Sciences © Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

2017 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2017 was awarded to Richard H. Thaler "for his contributions to behavioural economics".

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"Richard Thaler's findings have paved the way for a new field in economics"

Watch the announcement of this year's Prize in Economic Sciences to Richard H. Thaler.

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 2017 Laureate in Economic Sciences Ill. N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media AB 2017.

"Our research has greatly changed pensions systems all around the world"

Richard H. Thaler describes some of the impacts of his work on behavioural economics in this telephone interview recorded immediately after the public announcement of the award of his Prize in Economic Sciences.

Interview with Richard Thaler
Laureates in Economic Sciences

Who Are the Laureates in Economic Sciences?

See all Laureates in Economic Sciences 1969-2017 and why they were awarded the Nobel Prize.

All Laureates in Economic Sciences

On Being Awarded the Nobel Prize

Peter Higgs

"And I said: 'What award?'"
Peter Higgs, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2013

Hiroshi Amano

"I didn't understand the reason of all congratulations"
Hiroshi Amano, Physics 2014

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Muhammad Yunus

"Immediately the whole country was electrified"
Muhammad Yunus, Peace 2006

Barry Marshall

"Robin and I often have a beer down by the riverside"
Barry Marshall, Medicine 2005

Elizabeth Blackburn

"Did you think we murdered somebody?"
Elizabeth Blackburn, Medicine 2009

Amartya Sen

"I needed a cup of coffee"
Amartya Sen, Economic Sciences 1998

Jerome Karle

"The president of the USA called me up"
Jerome Karle, Chemistry 1985

Mairead Corrigan

"I really felt very frightened, I didn't know how to cope"
Mairead Corrigan, Peace 1976

Featured Nobel Laureates

Marie Curie

Marie Curie - Awarded the Nobel Prize Twice

Marie Curie discovered the elements radium and polonium. She is the only woman to have been awarded two prizes, one in Physics and one in Chemistry.

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Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore - From Unknown to Famous

Fairly unknown in Europe at the time, Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore attracted western readers with his aura of mysticism.

Tagore and his India
Karl Landsteiner

Karl Landsteiner - Discovered the ABO Blood Groups

Human blood groups were discovered in 1901 by Karl Landsteiner, later awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein - Not Only the Theory of Relativity

Although famed for his theory of general relativity, it was his law about light that gave Albert Einstein the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Questions and answers about Albert Einstein

Alfred Nobel - Established the Nobel Prizes

Alfred Nobel

Scientist and Inventor

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

Alfred Nobel's life and work
Alfred Nobel and his family

Alfred Nobel's Early Years

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

Early years in St. Petersburg
Will of Alfred Nobel

A Controversial Will

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

Excerpt of Alfred Nobel's will
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Alfred Nobel Quiz

How much do you know about the founder of the Nobel Prize, Alfred Nobel?

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Who Can Nominate for A Nobel Prize?

No person can nominate herself/himself for a Nobel Prize. But who can? And how are these persons chosen?

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Six Questions and Answers on the Nobel Peace Prize

Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, answers questions about the Nobel Peace Prize.

Questions and answers
Archive files

Explore the Nomination Archive

Search among the names of the nominees and nominators, as well as additional information about the nominations 1901-1964.

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Who Nominated Whom?

Here you can search for a nominee or a nominator, and see how the nominations were made across countries.

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Nobel Prize Lessons Bring the 2017 Nobel Laureates into the Classroom

Teachers can find free lesson material within 24 hours after every Nobel Prize announcement. Start teaching straight away.

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Gustavo Dudamel to Conduct the 2017 Nobel Prize Concert

The internationally renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel will be conducting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2017 Nobel Prize Concert.

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In Memoriam

Hans G. Dehmelt

Nicolaas Bloembergen Passes Away

Nicolaas Bloembergen shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for the study of atomic systems using laser light. He passed away on 5 September at age 97.

Nicolaas Bloembergen's autobiography
1981 Nobel Prize in Physics

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Liu Xiaobo Dies at Age 61

Liu Xiaobo was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China".

2010 Peace Prize Prize

Alexei Abrikosov

Alexei Abrikosov Passes Away

Alexei Abrikosov, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2003 for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids, passed away on 29 March, age 88.

Biography of Alexei Abrikosov
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Derek Walcott

Caribbean Poet Derek Walcott Passes Away at 87

Derek Walcott was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1992 "for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment".

1992 Nobel Prize in Literature
Video interview with Derek Walcott