Awards: 585 prizes to 923 Laureates
Prize categories: 6
Awarded women: 48
Awarded organizations: 24
Multiple Nobel Laureates: 6
Average age of a Laureate: 60
Age of youngest Laureate: 17
Age of oldest Laureate: 90
Awarded for “the Greatest Benefit to Mankind”
Between 1901 and 2017, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 585 times to 923 people and organizations. The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden, and based on the fortune of Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor and entrepreneur. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize. Each Prize consists of a medal, a personal diploma, and a cash award.
A person or organization awarded the Nobel Prize is called Nobel Laureate. The word “laureate” refers to being signified by the laurel wreath. In ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were awarded to victors as a sign of honor.
Most popular Laureates
The Nobel Prize in Physics
111 Nobel Prizes to 207 Laureates between 1901 and 2017.
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
109 Nobel Prizes to 178 Laureates between 1901 and 2017.
The Nobel Prize in Literature
110 Nobel Prizes to 114 Laureates between 1901 and 2017.
The Nobel Peace Prize
98 Nobel Prizes to 131 Laureates between 1901 and 2017.
The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel
49 Prizes to 79 Laureates between 1969 and 2017.
12 new Nobel Laureates
There are now three new Nobel Laureates in Physics, three in Chemistry, three in Physiology or Medicine, one in Literature, one in Peace – this year an organisation – and one new Laureate in Economic Sciences. See a short presentation of them here.
All female Nobel Laureates
The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women 49 times between 1901 and 2017.
The Nobel diplomas
Each Nobel diploma is a unique work of art, created by foremost Swedish and Norwegian artists and calligraphers.
The Nobel medals
The Nobel medals show the image of Alfred Nobel on the face. The image on the reverse varies according to the institution awarding the prize.
The Nobel Prize amount
The Nobel Prize amount for 2017 is set at SEK 9.0 million per full Nobel Prize. Until 1968, in principle more than three persons could share a Nobel Prize, but this never happened in practice.