The Nobel Media Archive includes a digital library of video and audio interviews with Nobel Laureates dating back to 1999. These interviews provide a unique insight into some of the 20th and early 21st century's greatest minds as they reflect on their work and lives.
Listen to John Nash, Laureate in Economic Sciences, who shares his thoughts about his portrayal in the movie A Beautiful Mind, find out how Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine Rita Levi-Montalcini managed to conduct research in her bedroom during World War II, and listen to Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel reflect on his experiences in a German concentration camp.
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Interview with Dr. John Nash at the 1st Meeting of Laureates in Economic Sciences in Lindau, Germany, September 1-4, 2004. Interviewer is freelance journalist Marika Griehsel. Dr. Nash talks about the impact the Prize had on his life, his talent for mathematics as a child (5:38), the work that gave him the Prize (9:03), gives some advice to young students (13:07), talks about important economic issues of today (15:26), and shares his thoughts about the movie on his life, 'A Beautiful Mind' (21:18).
Interview with the 1986 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine Rita Levi-Montalcini in Rome, Italy, 26 November 2008. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org. Rita Levi-Montalcini talks about her daily work in the institute, why she had to make a laboratory in her bedroom to conduct research during World War II (3:06), the benefits of working in isolation (5:03), her post-war move to the United States (6:25), her work with Stanley Cohen and the discovery of nerve growth factor (7:15), the roles of intuition and chance in biological research (15:14), her current research (16:58), her advice to young scientists (17:41), and why this period of her life has been the best so far (28:10).
Interview with Elie Wiesel, December 10, 2004. Interviewer is Professor Georg Klein. Elie Wiesel talks about his perspectives on the world after World War II, recollections of his time in concentration camp (5:41), the indifference of the world (12:42), antisemitism (16:42), the importance of education (22:26) and that the tragedy of the Holocaust could have been avoided (24:31).
Interview with the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Wangari Maathai, 2 April 2009. The interviewer is Marika Griehsel, freelance journalist. Wangari Maathai discusses the value of recognition as a part of the peace 'puzzle', the real effects of climate change in Africa (7:55), the importance of recapturing her childhood memories (12:56), the evolution of Green Belt from a pilot project to a movement (18:03), the custodial role of governments (20:54), and her new book, The Challenge for Africa (27:50).
Telephone interview with Orhan Pamuk immediately following the announcement of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, 12 October 2006. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.