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2018 Nobel Week

Watch the 2018 Nobel Lectures, Nobel Week Dialogue, the Prize Award Ceremonies and Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo live here at Nobelprize.org, starting with the Nobel Lectures in Physiology or Medicine on Friday 7 December at 2.00 pm.

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What do the laureates receive?

Each diploma is a unique work of art, created by leading Swedish and Norwegian artists and calligraphers. Look at some of the diplomas here.

Doris Lessing - Nobel Diploma

Doris Lessing’s Nobel Diploma

© The Nobel Foundation 2007. Artist: Karin Mamma Andersson. Calligrapher: Annika Rücker. Photo reproduction: Fredrika Berghult

The front of the gold Nobel Prize medals depict Alfred Nobel. The image on the reverse varies according to the institution awarding the prize. Read more about the medals.

Youyou Tu showing her Nobel Medal

Medicine laureate Tu Youyou showing her Nobel Prize medal, 11 December 2015.

© Nobel Media. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud.

The current amount is at SEK 9 million per full Nobel Prize. A Nobel Prize can be awarded to up to Three laureates who share the prize sum. Find out more about the prize amounts throughout history.

Flower decorations at the 2016 Nobel Prize award ceremony

Flower decorations by Florist Helén Magnusson at the 2016 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall, 10 December 2016.

Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2016. Photo: Pi Frisk.

2018 Nobel Prizes

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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News & Insights

"We know as a matter of history that in a world one degree warmer than today the average sea level was six to nine metres higher. That would mean that central London is underwater."

 

Steven Chu was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on lasers but today spends much of his time working on new solutions to tackle climate change.

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In 2018, three new women joined the list of inspirational female laureates that have made our world a better place.

 

From Nadia Murad, campaigning to end sexual violence in war, and Frances Arnold, who conducted the first directed evolution of enzymes, to Donna Strickland, whose work revolutionised laser technology - these are women who changed the world.

 

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The new Nobel Prize Lessons about this year's prizes are reliable and easy to use. Find the teacher's guides, slides, manuscripts and videos to use for free here. Print the texts for students and then start the class.

 

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 ...

Alfred Nobel Will

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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9 December 2018

Water is essential to the survival of humanity. Every drop is precious. The Nobel Week Dialogue is a free of charge, full-day event bringing together Nobel Laureates, experts and the public. This year’s dialogue will put the spotlight on the importance of water, and why and how we can make a difference together.

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The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World (3)

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

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

Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center

In memoriam

Physics Laureate Murray Gell-Mann passed away on 24 May.  He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his contributions and discoveries concerning the classification of elementary particles and their interactions.

Murray Gell-Mann

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