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Partners in life and science May-Britt and Edvard I. Moser in the laboratory. Photo: Geir Mogen/NTNU. “We can always talk and discuss about the next steps” Married couples where both partners have been awarded the Nobel Prize are not very common in the history of the Nobel Prize. But in 2014 it happened again -…

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by Øivind Stenersen* From the very beginning the Norwegian Nobel Committee chose to define humanitarian efforts as an essential part of promoting “fraternity among nations”. In awarding half of the 1901 Peace Prize to the founder of the Red Cross, , the committee focused on a basic aspect of the word “humanitarian”: helping victims of…

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by Øyvind Tønnesson Nobelprize.org Peace Editor, 1998-2000 A committee of five Since the first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901, the Peace Prize has, in accordance with Alfred Nobel’s , been awarded by a committee of five, appointed by the Storting (the Norwegian Parliamant), but without the committee being formally responsible to the Storting. According…

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by Erik B. Karlsson What is physics? Physics is considered to be the most basic of the natural sciences. It deals with the fundamental constituents of matter and their interactions as well as the nature of atoms and the build-up of molecules and condensed matter. It tries to give unified descriptions of the behavior of…

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by Jan Lindsten and Nils Ringertz Introduction “…The whole of my remaining realizable estate shall be dealt with in the following way: The capital shall be invested by my executors in safe securities and shall constitute a fund, the interest on which shall be annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during…

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Alfred Nobel and his will. Prizes for “the greatest benefit to mankind” Alfred Nobel’s interest in science, culture and society is evident in his will. In the third and last will that he signed in Paris on 27 November 1895, he declared that the major portion of his fortune should go toward prizes in physics,…

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Photo: Alexander Mahmoud 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. Nobel Prize Lessons are six different lesson plans, one for each prize. They are a reliable material, that teachers easily can use, directly…

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by Per Olof Hulth Introduction Mankind has studied the universe for thousands of years by looking at the fascinating night sky, guided by the visible light emitted from myriads of stars and other phenomena. During the last century new pictures of the night sky have been discovered by scientists using different wavelengths of light which…

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by Nanny Fröman Introduction and ‘s pioneering research was again brought to mind when on April 20 1995, their bodies were taken from their place of burial at Sceaux, just outside Paris, and in a solemn ceremony were laid to rest under the mighty dome of the Panthéon. Marie Curie thus became the first woman…

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