Monthly Quiz

Quiz answers

Monthly January 2022

The right answer is temperature and pressure. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2021 was awarded jointly to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian “for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch.” Read more about their discoveries here.

Monthly December 2021

The right answer is Carl von Ossietzky, journalist and socialist and one of the foremost critics of political developments in Germany in the inter-war years. von Ossietzky was awarded the 1935 Nobel Peace Prize, but as the prize was reserved that year, he was supposed to collect it at the 1936 award ceremony. Hitler reacted to the news of Ossietzky's peace prize with fury and prohibited all Germans from receiving the Nobel Prize. The seriously ill laureate was refused permission to leave for Norway to accept the distinction.

Emily Greene Balch was the leader of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She was awarded in 1946 “for her lifelong work for the cause of peace.”

Jody Williams is the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). She was awarded in 1997 for her “work for the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines.”

Monthly November 2021

The right answer is Le Duc Tho.

The Vietnamese politician Le Duc Tho, awarded the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, is the only person who has declined the Nobel Peace Prize. They were both awarded thep rize for negotiating the Vietnam peace accord. Le Duc Tho said that he was not in a position to accept the Nobel Prize, citing the situation in Vietnam as his reason.

Kim Dae-jung was awarded the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize.


Monthly October 2021

The right answer is 28 times.

See the list of all Nobel Prize awarded organisations


Monthly September 2021

The right answer is 4 times. The Nobel Prize in Literature was shared by two laureates these years:

1904: Frédéric Mistral and José Echegaray
1917: Karl Gjellerup and Henrik Pontoppidan
1966: Shmuel Agnon and Nelly Sachs
1974: Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson


Monthly August 2021

The right answer is Shirin Ebadi.

Shirin Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. In their press release, the Norwegian Nobel Institute wrote:

"Her principal arena is the struggle for basic human rights, and no society deserves to be labelled civilized unless the rights of women and children are respected."


Monthly July 2021

The right answer is ice cream. The Nobel Banquet was famous for its ‘ice cream parade’ down the grand staircase of the Blue Hall. From 2002, the desserts differ.

Read more about the menus at the Nobel Banquet


Monthly June 2021

The right answer is the transistor. William Bradford Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain were awarded jointly for their research on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect.

Read more about the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics


Monthly May 2021

The right answer is literature. Alfred Nobel’s primary interests were in literature as well as in chemistry and physics.

Read more about Alfred Nobel’s interest in literature


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

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