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by Bo Svensén Organisation of work Once the of the Nobel Foundation had been ratified in June 1900, the Swedish Academy immediately set to work on the preparations required to enable the award of the first Nobel Prize in 1901. A Nobel Committee consisting of five members of the Academy was established in October 1900.…

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Spanish Conferencia Nobel 1990 La búsqueda del presente Comienzo con una palabra que todos los hombres, desde que el hombre es hombre, han proferido: gracias. Es una palabra que tiene equivalentes en todas las lenguas. Y en todas es rica la gama de significados. En las lenguas romances va de lo espiritual a lo físico,…

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French Le 7 décembre 2009 Chaque mot en sait long sur le cercle vicieux TU AS UN MOUCHOIR ? me demandait ma mère au portail tous les matins, avant que je ne parte dans la rue. Je n’en avais pas. Étant sans mouchoir, je retournais en prendre un dans ma chambre. Je n’en avais jamais, car…

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Additional background material on the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 1996 8 October 1996; has decided to award the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, 1996, to Professor James A. Mirrlees, University of Cambridge, U.K. and Professor William Vickrey, Columbia University, New…

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Q: What do elementary school pupils and Nobel Laureates have in common? A: They both have to write autobiographical essays on command. Ancestors and family My father, Hsue Chu Tsien (1915–1997), came from the “scholar-gentry” class in Hangzhou, China, where “Tsien” (now more commonly transliterated as Qian) is quite a common surname. Apparently in 907…

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Norwegian Nobel-foredrag hollt i Kristiania den 19de december 1922 Paa Roms Kapitol er der et stykke marmor, som synes mig i sin enkle pathos aa være et av de skjønneste. Det er den »Døende Galler». Han ligger saaret til døden paa slagmarken. Dette spenstige legeme, herdet i arbeid og kamp, nu slappet mot undergangen. Det…

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by Åke Erlandsson   “Thus it [the child] grew and developed into a thinking, sentient being with an inner world of poesy that no tyranny could extinguish. The lyrics of our wonderful poets became for me entrancing and consoling echoes of the spiritual world of feeling and thought.” Beatrice Cenci in Alfred Nobel’s tragedy Nemesis…

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Spanish Conferencia de Nobel 1989 Elogio de la Fabula Señores académicos Mi viejo amigo y maestro Pió Baroja, que se quedó sin el Premio Nobel porque la candelita del acierto no siempre alumbra la cabeza del justo, tenía un reloj de pared en cuya esfera lucían unas palabras aleccionadoras, un lema estremecedor que señalaba el…

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French Le 7 décembre 2008 Dans la forêt des paradoxes Pourquoi écrit-on ? J’imagine que chacun a sa réponse à cette simple question. Il y a les prédispositions, le milieu, les circonstances. Les incapacités aussi. Si l’on écrit, cela veut dire que l’on n’agit pas. Que l’on se sent en difficulté devant la réalité, que l’on…

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