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Who will be awarded this year?

Between 1901 and 2019, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded 597 times to 950 people and organizations.

Stay tuned during 5-12 October to discover who will receive this year’s prizes.

2020 Nobel Prize announcements

Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 7 October

“The captain came to me and told me that I got the prize.”

On 16 October 1991 Richard Ernst was on a flight from Moscow to New York when the flight's captain came over to deliver some news. Ernst had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. “Then I had to go to the cockpit. I was speaking with Swiss radio, with my family... It was quite interesting!"

Ernst was awarded the Nobel Prize for his contributions to the development of high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

On Wednesday 7 October the 2020 Chemistry Prize will be announced - stay tuned to hear the news first!

See the complete list of prize announcement dates.

Richard Ernst 1991

Richard Ernst showing an image obtained by Fourier NMR imaging at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 1991.

Photo: Boo Jonsson

The Nobel Prize call

“We were peacefully sleeping”

Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee recall how they discovered they had been awarded the 2019 Prize in Economic Sciences - at 5 am in the morning.

Who will be awarded the Nobel Prize this year?

On being awarded the Nobel Prize

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Nobel Prize Conversations

“If you want to build a movement, make sure to always put other people in the front when it is possible"

In our newest podcast episode Adam Smith speaks to Laureate in Economic Sciences Esther Duflo who explains how her drive to understand and fight poverty began at an early age. They discuss the world in coronavirus times, and the fears and prejudices connected to migration. Duflo also shares her tips for managers and her best collaboration techniques.

Nobel Prize nominations

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 of the Nobel Peace Prize in a Q&A with Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

Peace Prize nomination process

Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Between 1901 and 2019, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 597 times to 950 people and organizations.

See the list of all Nobel Prizes.

2019 Nobel Laureates

Twelve of the Nobel Laureates of 2019.

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Alfred Nobel - Established the Nobel Prizes

Chemist, engineer and industrialist Alfred Nobel left 31 million SEK (today about 342 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

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Nobel Prize Museum

The Nobel Prize Museum on Stortorget, the main square in Stockholm’s Old Town, has reopened every Thursday to Sunday under controlled conditions. New to the museum is 'Contagious' a mini-exhibition about viruses, pandemics and the Nobel Prize which you can also visit online.

Nobel Prize Museum

© Nobel Media. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud.

Nobel Prize Concert 2020

The world-renowned pianist Igor Levit will be performing at this year's Nobel Prize Concert on 8 December. At his side, he will have conductor Stéphane Denève leading the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Date for ticket release will be published later.

Igor Levit

Igor Levit

Photo: Robbie Lawrence

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Discover Nobel Prize Lessons

Discover more about the Nobel Prizes with the easy-to-use Nobel Prize Lessons. Watch the videos, look through the manual and slides, print the texts for students and start the class.

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© Nobel Media. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud


Vidar Helgesen – Norway’s former State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister of European Affairs and Minister of Climate and the Environment – will become the new Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation at the beginning of 2021. He will thus assume the task of strengthening the long-term finances and position of the Nobel Prize as well as further developing public activities surrounding the Nobel Prize in Sweden, Norway and internationally.

Press release

The Nobel Foundation is a private institution established in 1900. Tasked with a mission to manage Alfred Nobel's fortune, the foundation has ultimate responsibility for fulfilling the intentions of Nobel's will.

Flower decorations at the 2016 Nobel Prize award ceremony

© Nobel Media. Photo: P. Frisk.

A new house for culture and science

The new center will be built at Slussen, with sweeping views of Stockholm harbour and the central city. For the past few years, Slussen has been undergoing a major renovation and reconfiguration. With its broad public activities, the Nobel Center will be an important piece of the puzzle in developing Slussen into a lively meeting place.

Slussen aerial

Slussen aerial

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The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World (3)

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

Photo: Åke Eson Lindman

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

Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center

In memoriam

Arthur Ashkin, awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of optical tweezers, and their application to biological systems, passed away on 21 September at age 98.

Arthur Ashkin official Nobel portrait

Peace Laureate John Hume passed away on 3 August 2020. He shared the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize with David Trimble "for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland."

John Hume

Oliver E. Williamson passed away on 21 May. He was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2009 "for his analysis of economic governance, especially the boundaries of the firm."

Oliver E. Williamson

Theoretical physicist Philip W. Anderson has passed away aged 96. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for fundamental theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems.

Philip W. Anderson