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Chen Ning Yang

Happy Birthday, Physics Laureate Chen Ning Yang!

Chen Ning Yang was only 35 years old when he was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics for investigating the so-called parity laws, which led to important discoveries regarding the elementary particles. He celebrates his 95th birthday on 22 September.

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Do Nobel Laureates Live Longer?

Andrew Oswald answers the question at the 2014 Nobel Week Dialogue.

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Nobel Laureate Birthdays

The Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to 881 persons between 1901 and 2016. 79 of the Laureates were born in September. Find out how many Nobel Laureates share your birthday.

Nobel Laureate birthdays
Announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize

Announcements of the 2017 Nobel Prizes

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - Monday 2 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest
The Nobel Prize in Physics - Tuesday 3 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Wednesday 4 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
The Nobel Peace Prize - Friday 6 October, 11:00 a.m.
The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel - Monday 9 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
The Nobel Prize in Literature - The date will be set later.
Times listed are local time in Sweden.
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- in depth information about the prizes.

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What is a Nobel Laureate?

A Laureate is a person honoured for high achievement in a particular field. A Nobel Laureate is someone who is awarded the Nobel Prize.

The word "laureate" refers to being signified by the laurel wreath. In ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were awarded to victors as a sign of honour.

More Nobel Prize facts

The 2017 Nobel Prize
in Physiology or Medicine will be announced in:

10 days

Monday 2 October, 11:30 a.m.
at the earliest.

Royal Academy of Sciences

Who Selects the Nobel Laureates?

In his last will and testament, Alfred Nobel specifically designated the institutions responsible for the prizes he wished to be established.

The four Nobel Prize awarders

On Being Awarded the Nobel Prize

Peter Higgs

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

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

Hiroshi Amano

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

Jerome Karle

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

Amartya Sen

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

Muhammad Yunus

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

Mairead Corrigan

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

Nobel Laureates Facts

May-Britt Moser receiving her Nobel Prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2014. Photo: Niklas Elmehed

All Nobel Prizes and Laureates

See the full list of all Nobel Laureates, awarded for "the greatest benefit to mankind".

All Nobel Prizes

Nobel Prize Awarded Organizations

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 26 times to organizations.

See the list of awarded organizations
Alice Munro

Nobel Prizes to Women

The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women 49 times so far.

All Nobel Prize awarded women
All Laureates on stage. Photo: A. Mahmoud. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2015.

Last Year's Laureates

Eleven persons were awarded Nobel Prizes in 2016. See a short presentation of them here.

2016 Nobel Laureates

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.

More facts about Marie Curie
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.

More on Karl Landsteiner
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

Featured Readings

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

A Smuggled Lecture

Read the thrilling narrative about how Literature Laureate Alexandr Solzhenitsyn's Nobel Lecture made it to Stockholm.

Read the story
Nerve cells

Revealed the Beauty of the Nervous System

Santiago Ramón y Cajal allowed the anatomy of the nervous system to be observed and documented in precise detail.

Read about Cajal's life and discoveries
KWislawa Szymborska

Poetry that Links the Past with the Present

During her lifetime, Wislawa Szymborska wrote around 400 poems, seemingly simple, but subtle and deep.

Learn more about Wislawa Szymborska
Fridtjof Nansen

Both Scientist and Humanitarian

Fridtjof Nansen is the renowned scientist who changed direction and became engaged in humanitarian work.

Read more about Fridtjof Nansen

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?

Try the quiz

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?

Read more about how the Nobel Laureates are nominated
Nobel Peace Prize Medal. Registered trademark of the Nobel Foundation. © ® The Nobel Foundation. Photo: Thomas Widerberg

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.

Search in the archive

Information for the Press

Nobel Prize Dialogue comes to Seoul
The Nobel Foundation's 2016 asset management and earnings
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Gustavo Dudamel. Photo Vern Evans/Los Angeles Philharmonic Photo: Vern Evans/Los Angeles Philharmonic

Gustavo Dudamel to Conduct the 2017 Nobel Prize Concert

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

More about the 2017 Nobel Prize Concert
Nobel Center, summer view. © David Chipperfield Architects

© David Chipperfield Architects

Nobel Center - A New Public Building

Nobel Center is to be built on Blasieholmen, on a wonderful site along Stockholm's central waterfront.

Read more about the Nobel Center

Educational Games

Diabetic Dog Game

Save the Dog

Help your dog to cope with diabetes.

Play the Diabetic Dog Game
Blood Typing Game


Learn about human blood types and blood transfusions!

Play the Blood Typing Game

Diabetic Dog Game

A Drooling Game

Train a dog to drool on command! It's all about conditioned learning.

Play the Pavlov's Dog Game
Laser Challenge Game

All about Laser

Collect a star and answer its laser question correctly.

Play the Laser Challenge Game

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

Liu Xiaobo. Photo: Copyright © The Nobel Foundation. Photo: Bi Yimin

Photo: Bi Yimin

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
More about the 2003 Physics Prize
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