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Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January

In this interview, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel talks about his perspectives on the world after World War II and remembers his time in concentration camp.

Elie Wiesel

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent campaign against racism. "He is the first person in the Western world to have shown us that a struggle can be waged without violence", said the Chairman of the Nobel Committee in his speech at the award ceremony.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Jesse Jackson on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream

“The dream is under attack … but the dream is so resilient. The dream will prevail because we will not give up.”

Martin Luther King Jr.’s close aide and fellow civil rights icon Jesse Jackson reflects on the highs and lows in the journey towards realising King’s dream. Jackson shared his thoughts at the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm where the Martin Luther King Jr. exhibition ‘A Right to Freedom’ runs until 15 September 2019.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work are a fascinating part of an important stage of 20th-century history. His ideas extend far beyond his own time and the society in which he lived. Discrimination and conflicts because of skin colour or ethnicity manifest themselves in a variety of contexts in our own world.

 

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Martin Luther King Jr. marching in Selma

Martin Luther King Jr. marching past Browns Chapel in Selma, Alabama.

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Interview with Chemistry Laureate Frances Arnold

15 minutes with Frances Arnold

PhD student Sofie Ährlund-Richter got the chance to chat with 2018 Chemistry Laureate Frances Arnold. They discussed everything from fearlessness and motivation to creating a sustainable world and being persistent in pursuing long-term goals. “If you’re going to change the world, you’ve got to try really different things,” Frances told Sofie.

904 individuals and 24 organizations have been awarded Nobel Prizes so far. See the full list of all Nobel Laureates, awarded for "the benefit of humankind".

May-Britt Moser receiving her Nobel Prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

May-Britt Moser receiving her Nobel Prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

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Alfred Nobel - Established the Nobel Prize

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will in Paris, France. The Swedish dynamite millionaire, who thought that his invention would end all wars, had now realised that it was a very deadly product. Wanting to make amends, he did what no man of such wealth had done before ...

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On 10 December 1901 the first Nobel Prizes were awarded, in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. Read more about the first prizes.

The first Nobel Prize Award Ceremony was held in 1901 at the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm.

Chemist, engineer and industrialist Alfred Nobel left 31 million SEK (today about 265 million dollar) to fund the Nobel Prizes. Read more about his life and work.

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In memoriam

Paul Greengard passed away on 13 April. He was awarded the 2000 Medicine Prize for his discovery of how dopamine and a number of other transmitters exert their action in the nervous system. Paul Greengard was 93 years old.

Paul Greengard

David J. Thouless was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2016. His discoveries  have brought about breakthroughs in the theoretical understanding of matter’s mysteries.

David J. Thouless

Medicine Laureate Sydney Brenner, awarded for his discoveries concerning the genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death, passed away on 5 April, age 92.

Sydney Brenner

Physics Laureate Zhores I. Alferov passed away on 1 March. His Nobel Prize awarded work laid the foundation of modern information technology, IT.

Zhores I. Alferov