Monthly Quiz

Monthly February 2020

The right answer is the lithium-ion battery. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 rewarded this lightweight, rechargeable and powerful battery, and it is now used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles. It can also store significant amounts of energy from solar and wind power, making possible a fossil fuel-free society.

Read more about the 2019 Chemistry Prize

Monthly January 2020

The right answer is San Remo, Italy. Alfred Nobel died there on 10 December 1896.

Read more about Alfred Nobel’s final years in San Remo

Monthly December 2019

The right answer is Physiology or Medicine, with in total 219 laureates.

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Monthly November 2019

The right answer is Philip Noel-Baker.

Philip Noel-Baker is the only person to have both an Olympic and Nobel Prize medal. He was a British diplomat and amateur athlete who was passionate about disarmament. He won a silver medal for the 1500 meters during the 1920 Summer Olympic Games. Thirty-nine years later he followed it up with the Nobel Peace Prize, for his lifelong work towards peace and cooperation both during and between the wars of the 20th century.


Monthly October 2019

The right answer is 2.

2 women have been awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences so far: Elinor Ostrom, in 2009 and Esther Duflo, in 2019.

Monthly September 2019

The right answer is the Red Cross.
Read more about Henry Dunant and the founding of the Red Cross and the Geneva Convention

Amnesty International was awarded the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize in and International Labour Organization the 1969 Nobel Peace Prize.

Monthly August 2019

Barbara McClintock is the only woman to receive an unshared Nobel Prize. She was awarded the Medicine Prize in 1983 for her discovery of mobile genetic elements, ‘jumping genes’.

May-Britt Moser was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 together with John O’Keefe and Edvard I. Moser. They were awarded ‘for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain’.

In 2015, Tu Youyou, William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura ‘for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites’ and the other half to Tu Youyou ‘for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria’.

Monthly June 2019

The right answer is eight. There are eight elements named after Nobel Laureates:

Curium, 96, named after Marie and Pierre Curie, Nobel Prize in Physics 1903

Einsteinium, 99, named after Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize in Physics 1921

Fermium, 100, named after Enrico Fermi, Nobel Prize in Physics 1938

Lawrencium, 103, named after Ernest Lawrence, Nobel Prize in Physics 1939

Rutherfordium, 104, named after Ernest Rutherford, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1908

Seaborgium, 106, named after Glenn T. Seaborg, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1951

Bohrium, 107, named after Niels Bohr, Nobel Prize in Physics 1922

Röntgenium, 111, named after Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, Nobel Prize in Physics 1901


Monthly July 2019

The right answer is Mahatma Gandhi .

Gandhi was nominated in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947 and, finally, a few days before he was murdered in January 1948.

Read more about “the missing Laureate” Mahatma Gandhi

Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobe Peace Prize in 1993 and Theodore Roosevelt
in 1906.

Monthly May 2019

Physics Laureate Peter Higgs turns 90 years old on 29 May. The Higgs particle, or Higgs boson, was named after him.

Morea about Peter Higgs

Monthly April 2019

The right answer is ca 9,540. The porcelain was created for the 90th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in 1991 and designed by Karin Björquist (Rörstrand/Gustavsberg). The glasses were designed by Gunnar Cyrén (Orrefors) and the linen cloth by Ingrid Dessau (Klässbols Linneväveri).

Read more about the Nobel Banquet

Monthly March 2019

The right answer is Marie Curie

Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1903 and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1911. Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Peace Prize in 2014 and Mother Teresa the 1979 Peace Prize.

See a list of all awarded women

Monthly February 2019

The right answer is 5 couples

Married couples have been awarded five times since 1901.
Read more about the awarded couples

Monthly January 2019

The right answer is 50 years

The names of the nominees and nominators cannot be revealed until 50 years later according to the secrecy rule.
Learn more about the nomination of Nobel Laureates

Monthly December 2018

The right answer is Arthur Ashkin

The oldest Nobel Laureate to date is Arthur Ashkin who was 96 years old when he was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics. Denis Mukwege was 63 years and James P. Allison was 70  years.

Monthly November 2018

The right answer is 9.0 million Swedish kronor (SEK)

The Nobel Prize amount for 2018 was set at Swedish kronor (SEK) 9.0 million per full Nobel Prize.
Read more about the Nobel Prize amount

Monthly September 2018

The right answer is 2011

In 2011 three women were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” That also happened in 2009, when Elizabeth Blackburn and Carol Greider were awarded the Medicine Prize and Herta Müller received the Literature Prize. In 2016, no women were awarded.