2017 Nobel Prize in Physics
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”.
Awarded to 207 Nobel Laureates since 1901
“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.
Most Popular Physics Laureates
The Nobel Prize in Physics 1901-2000
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.
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.
“The chairman of the committee couldn’t find me …”
1989 Physics Laureate Norman F. Ramsey talks about the unexpected call from Stockholm.
Play and Learn!
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.
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.
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.
2016 Physics Prize
They Revealed the Secrets of Exotic Matter
“The basis of this year’s prize is really exotic”
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.
“Quantum mechanics is so much richer than we dreamed”
Read or listen to an interview with F. Duncan M. Haldane following the announcement of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics.
“A little bit odd getting this news in an underground carpark outside Helsinki”
J. Michael Kosterlitz in an interview following the announcement of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics.
The Chameleons of Space
“A fundamental discovery in physics”
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.
“I feel that I have been extremely lucky”
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.
“I’m still fascinated by the fact that you can do calculations that actually show how the universe works”
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.
Filling the World with New Light
“When I was a child, I could not understand why I should study”
In this interview, Hiroshi Amano explains what brought him to science.
“I had no confidence in inventing the blue LED, I just wanted my PhD”
In his Nobel Lecture, Shuji Nakamura gave the background story of his invention.
A Work of Art in Miniature
The prize awarders decide the design of the Nobel diplomas. Each diploma is a unique work of art.