Albert Einstein with his violin 'Lina'.

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Meet chemist and Nobel Prize laureate Hartmut Michel who was in Wuhan, China just weeks before the pandemic started in 2020. He tells us about his childhood, in which his family had little money, and how it seemed unlikely that he would grow up to be a scientist: “We have no academic background in the family.”
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Hartmut Michel

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A team of female Yazidi deminers in Iraq attempting to clear their land of mines left behind by ISIS.  A team of scientists on an extraordinary mission in Mozambique to help better our understanding of climate change. A man building prosthetic legs to help victims of war walk again in South Sudan … All are inspired by Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

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Nobel Minds

Five of the 2021 Nobel Prize laureates met digitally on 4 December 2021 for the traditional round-table discussion and TV program ‘Nobel Minds’ hosted by the BBC’s Zeinab Badawi. The laureates discussed their research, discoveries and achievements and how these might find a practical application.

Nobel Prize laureates share their stories

Every laureate faces failures and set-backs on their path to the Nobel Prize. It is a topic they are frequently asked about at Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative events, and, given that we all fail from time to time, their insights are relevant for us all, whether failure is something already experienced, or whether it is yet to come!

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Shinya Yamanaka addresses the University of Oslo

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Nobel Prize laureate in conversation

Everything you wanted to know about pandemics

We live in a world where viruses and bacteria can be spread across the globe within hours. At the same time our medical knowledge is better than ever and we have a number of ways to stop disease. Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty is an expert in how pandemics arise, are spread and eliminated, and Danish writer Hanne-Vibeke Holst has written the novel ‘Like the Plague’ in which she realistically portrays the challenges a major flu pandemic could cause.

In conversation with Amina Manzoor, medical reporter at Dagens Nyheter, they discuss how our world could deal with a new pandemic. This event, held before the coronavirus pandemic, was hosted by the Nobel Prize Museum in association with Kulturhuset Stadsteatern’s Forum/Debatt and took place at the Under Fontänen stage in Stockholm, 11 December 2019.

Ask a Nobel Prize laureate: Sustainability Edition

You asked – he answers!

What did Nobel Laureate Steven Chu say when we asked your questions on sustainability and climate change? Find out by watching the Q&A with Chu. He has devoted a large part of his scientific career to searching for solutions to our climate challenges.

Steven Chu was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1997

15 minutes with physics laureate Didier Queloz

“There is no age for being clever!”

If you had the chance to meet a Nobel Laureate, what would you ask? High school student Jin Manlai met Didier Queloz to talk about life, science and career choices. Besides discussing these topics, Jin was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Queloz’s Nobel Prize medal that he just picked up minutes before their meeting.

Marie and Pierre Curie’s pioneering research led to not one, but two Nobel Prizes, the first for the couple, the second for Marie.

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Pierre and Marie Curie in the "hangar" at l'Ecole de physique et chimie industrielles in Paris, France, where they made their discovery. (Photo taken 1898.)

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Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) has become the strongest symbol of non-violence in the 20th century. It is widely held – in retrospect – that the Indian national leader should have been selected for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated several times, but was never awarded the prize. Why?

Mahatma Gandhi laughing

Mahatma Gandhi laughing.

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