Average Age for for Nobel Laureates in Literature

The ages in the graphs below refers to how old the Nobel Laureates were the year they were awarded the Nobel Prize. The average age when awarded is 65 for all the Literature Laureates between 1901 and 2016. To date, the youngest Literature Laureate is Rudyard Kipling, best known for The Jungle Book, who was 42 years old when he was awarded the Literature Prize in 1907.

Percent and number of Literature Laureates in different age brackets

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Average age of Literature Laureates during the past century

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Average age of Nobel Laureate per prize category

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