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12 New Nobel Laureates

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!

All Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Nobel Prize Awarded Organizations

1901-2017, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 27 times to organizations.

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The Nobel Week 2017 in Stockholm – information for media

Nobel Week in Stockholm and Nobel Peace Prize Events in Oslo 2017

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2017 Nobel Prizes

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2017 Physics Prize

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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2017 Chemistry Prize

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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2017 Medicine Prize

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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2017 Literature Prize

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

Bio-bibliographical information
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2017 Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons".

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2017 Prize in Economic Sciences

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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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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Featured Nobel Laureates

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai - Girls' Right to Education in Focus

Under the most dangerous circumstances, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education. She was awarded the 2014 Peace Prize.

Watch or read her Nobel Lecture
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

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
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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
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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

Who Nominated Whom?

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

Explore the nomination map
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Nobel Center - A New Public Building

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

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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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