Announcement dates 2020

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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 Peace Prize, 9 October

Since 1901 the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 100 times, recognising individuals and organisations that have worked to make our world a more peaceful place.

This October we will see who will follow in the footsteps of laureates such as Martin Luther King Jr., who was awarded the prize for his nonviolent campaign against racism.

See the complete list of prize announcements.

Peace prize laureates collage

The Nobel Prize call

"I think it's a shock"

Surprised, overwhelmed, terrified, happy. How would you react if you suddenly heard that you had been awarded the Nobel Prize? Here, six laureates share their stories.

'Lost and Found'

Watch Emmy-nominated ‘Lost and Found’

‘Lost and Found’ is a moving, inspiring story of humanity in the world’s largest refugee camp. The film follows Kamal Hussein, a Rohingya refugee who has dedicated his life to reuniting children with their parents, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. ‘Lost and Found’, from National Geographic Documentary Films, is the result of a partnership between the Nobel Prize and Academy Award-winning director Orlando von Einsiedel (‘The White Helmets’).


The video is available all over the world, apart from in Australia, New Zealand and India.

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

News

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

NPC Nye Nobels Hage 10

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

Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center

In memoriam

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

Betty Williams died on 17 March, age 76. She shared the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize with Mairead Corrigan for founding a peace organisation to bring an end to the bitter conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.

Betty Williams