Nomination Database

The Nomination Database for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1901-1951

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Information about the nominations, investigations, and opinions concerning the award is kept secret for 50 years.

Banting and Macleod were awarded the 1923 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine the first year they were nominated (with three nominations) for their discovery of insulin. By contrast, Robert Koch was nominated 55 times over 4 years before he received the Prize in 1905 for his discoveries concerning tuberculosis, while Ferdinand Sauerbruch, the great German surgeon, never got the prize despite 54 nominations during 14 years. This type of information, and much more, is available in the Nomination Database spanning the years 1901-1951.

Simple search

This search is performed for names of nominators and nominees, words in the motivation and the year (only 1901-1951).


To search for all nominations made in 1901, type ‘1901’ in the search field and click on GO.
To search for all nominations of Smith and all nominations made by Smith, type ‘Smith’ in the search field and click on GO.
If you type more than one word, only nominations matching all words will be shown. Do not use logical expressions like ‘and’, simply write the words after one another.

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