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A new English translation of Alfred Nobel's will - the document that sparked the creation of the Nobel Prize - has now been completed, making Nobel's original thinking even more accessible.

 

Here, Lars Heikensten, the Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, answers questions about the latest translation and explains why Nobel's intentions and values are more relevant than ever.

 

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Shinya Yamanaka is a runner, a father and the man who first created stem cells from normal body cells. A pioneer of biomedical research, he describes how he was determined to find success in the face of all else.

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Tu Youyou, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015

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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?

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Mahatma Gandhi laughing.

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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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Discover more about the 2017 Nobel Prizes with the easy-to-use Nobel Prize Lessons. Watch the videos, look through the manual and slides, print the texts for students and start the class.
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Joachim Frank receiving his Nobel Prize diploma and Nobel Prize medal.

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