Monthly April 2021
The right answer is X-rays. In 1901, the very first Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen “in recognition of the extraordinary services he has rendered by the discovery of the remarkable rays subsequently named after him”.
The Nobel Prize in Physics 1909 was awarded jointly to Guglielmo Marconi and Ferdinand Braun “in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy”. In 1986, Ernst Ruska was awarded the physics prize “for his fundamental work in electron optics, and for the design of the first electron microscope”.
Monthly March 2021
The right answer is Doris Lessing. Doris Lessing was 88 years when she received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Barbara McClintock was 81 years old and Louise Glück 77.
Monthly February 2021
The right answer is Linus Pauling. He is the only person to have been awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes – the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize 1962.
Frederick Sanger was awarded one undivided prize, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1958. The other prize, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1980, he shared with Paul Berg and Walter Gilbert.
Marie Curie shared the Nobel Prize in Physics 1903 with Henri Becquerel and Pierre Curie. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1911 was awarded to her undivided.
Monthly January 2021
The right answer is 4. In his last will and testament, Alfred Nobel specifically designated the institutions responsible for the prizes he wished to be established:
“The prize for physics and chemistry shall be awarded by the Swedish Academy of Sciences;
that for physiological or medical works by Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm;
that for literature by the Academy in Stockholm;
and that for champions of peace by a committee of five persons to be elected by the Norwegian Storting.”
The Swedish Academy of Sciences (now The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences) is also responsible for the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.
Find out more about the Nobel Prize awarding institutions
Monthly December 2020
In 1944 the prize ceremonies were cancelled due to World War II and the world situation.
Here you can browse the ceremonies archive
Monthly November 2020
The Nobel Prize amount for 2020 was set at SEK 10 million per prize category. That means an increase of 1 million SEK per prize category compared to prior years.
More about the prize amounts
Monthly October 2020
The right answer is physics. 114 Nobel Prizes in Physics have been awarded since 1901.
113 Nobel Prizes in Literature have been awarded, and 112 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry.
Monthly September 2020
The right answer is Jean-Paul Sartre. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1964 but did not accept it.
Read more about the refusal
Hermann Hesse was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946 and Harold Pinter in 2005. Both of them accepted their prizes.
Monthly August 2020
The right answer is Ernst Ruska. He made fundamental work in electron optics and built the first electron microscope with the magnification factor of 12,000.
Read more about Ernst Ruska
Richard Ernst was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1991 “for his contributions to the development of the methodology of high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy”. Ernst Chain was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1945 “for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infectious diseases”.
Monthly July 2020
The right answer is the United Nations and Kofi Annan. They were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2001 “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.”
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was awarded in 2013 “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore was awarded in 2007 “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”
Monthly June 2020
The right answer is Bob Dylan.
Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
Monthly May 2020
The right answer is: Alfred Nobel chose the categories himself.
The Nobel Prizes are designated in the will of Alfred Nobel. That is why we won’t see any new Nobel Prize categories.
Monthly April 2020
The right answer is Tu Youyou. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 “for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.”
Salvador Luria was awarded the 1969 Medicine Prize for “discoveries concerning the replication mechanism and the genetic structure of viruses.” John B. Goodenough was awarded the 2019 Chemistry Prize “for the development of lithium-ion batteries.”
Monthly March 2020
The right answer is peace. 17 women have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 15 have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and 12 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
List of all Nobel Prize awarded women
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