Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Shinya Yamanaka receives the Nobel Prize, © Alex Ljungdahl

Quick Facts

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

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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.

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Most popular Laureates

 

Supernova

The Nobel Prize in Physics

111 Nobel Prizes to 207 Laureates between 1901 and 2017.

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Facts and figures on the Physics Prize


Molecules

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry

109 Nobel Prizes to 178 Laureates between 1901 and 2017.

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Facts and figures on the Chemistry Prize


Neurons

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

108 Nobel Prizes to 214 Laureates between 1901 and 2017.

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Facts and figures on the Medicine Prize


Tigers

The Nobel Prize in Literature

110 Nobel Prizes to 114 Laureates between 1901 and 2017.

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Facts and figures on the Literature Prize


Hands

The Nobel Peace Prize

98 Nobel Prizes to 131 Laureates between 1901 and 2017.

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Facts and figures on the Peace Prize


Economics prize

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel

49 Prizes to 79 Laureates between 1969 and 2017.

All Prizes and Laureates in Economic Sciences
Facts and figures on the Prize in Economic Sciences


Bubbles

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.

List of 2017 Nobel Laureates


Graph showing Female Nobel Laureates

All female Nobel Laureates

The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women 49 times between 1901 and 2017.

All Nobel Prize awarded women


Nobel diploma Mo Yan

The Nobel diplomas

Each Nobel diploma is a unique work of art, created by foremost Swedish and Norwegian artists and calligraphers.

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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.

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Money

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.

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