The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was divided, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves".More about the 2017 Physics Prize
"The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: /- - -/ one part to the person who shall have made the most important discovery or invention within the field of physics ..."
(Excerpt from the will of Alfred Nobel)
Physics was the prize area which Alfred Nobel mentioned first in his will. At the end of the nineteenth century, many people considered physics as the foremost of the sciences, and perhaps Nobel saw it this way as well. His own research was also closely tied to physics.
The Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.
The Nobel Prizes were created just in time to enable the awards to cover many of the outstanding contributions that opened new areas of physics in this period.More about the Physics Prizes during the past century
Nobel Prizes in Physics have been awarded between 1901-2017.
Physics Prizes have been given to one Laureate only.
women have been awarded the Physics Prize so far.
person, John Bardeen, has been awarded the Physics Prize twice.
years was the age of the youngest Physics Laureate ever, Lawrence Bragg, when he was awarded the 1915 Physics Prize together with his father.
is the average age of the Physics Laureates the year they were awarded the prize.
1989 Physics Laureate Norman F. Ramsey talks about the unexpected call from Stockholm.Watch the video clip
A transistor is made of a solid piece of a semiconductor material and either used as switches, to turn electronic signals on or off – or, as amplifiers.Play the Transistor Recycler Game or try and build a transistor replica!
Transistors are devices that control the movement of electrons, and consequently, electricity. They are the major component in all digital circuits, including computer microprocessors which contain millions of microscopic transistors.The Transistor in a Century of Electronics
William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain were awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of the transistor in 1947. John Bardeen is the only person awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics twice.More about the Laureates
Professor Thors Hans Hansson, member of the Nobel Committee for Physics, explains the pioneering work of the 2016 Physica Laureates in the unknown world of matter.Watch the interview
Read or listen to an interview with F. Duncan M. Haldane following the announcement of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics.Interview with F. Duncan M. Haldane
J. Michael Kosterlitz in an interview following the announcement of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics.Interview with J. Michael Kosterlitz
The discovery that neutrinos are not massless makes a difference, says Professor Olga Botner, Member of the Nobel Committee for Physics, when interviewed about the importance of this year's Nobel Prize in Physics.Watch the interview
In his Nobel Lecture, Takaaki Kajita recalls the exciting time and work leading up to Super-Kamiokande discovering neutrino oscillations, establishing that neutrinos have mass.Watch or read the lecture
In this interview, Arthur B. McDonald talks about what brought him to science, his Nobel Prize-awarded work, Eureka moments and remaining questions in his field.Watch the interview
In this interview, Hiroshi Amano explains what brought him to science.
In his Nobel Lecture, Shuji Nakamura gave the background story of his invention.
The prize awarders decide the design of the Nobel Diplomas. Each diploma is a unique work of art.