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2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

Arthur Ashkin was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the optical tweezers and their application to biological...

Posted by Nobel Prize on Monday, September 16, 2019

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Physiology or Medicine - Monday 7 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest
Physics - Tuesday 8 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
Chemistry - Wednesday 9 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
Literature - Thursday 10 October, 1:00 p.m. at the earliest
The Swedish Academy will announce the Nobel Prize in Literature for both 2018 and 2019.
Peace - Friday 11 October, 11:00 a.m.
Economic Sciences - Monday 14 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
Times listed are local time in Sweden and Norway.
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Alfred Nobel - Established the Nobel Prizes

Chemist, engineer and industrialist Alfred Nobel left 31 million SEK (today about 265 million dollars) to fund the Nobel Prizes.

When Alfred was five years old his father Immanuel, an inventor and builder, moved to St. Petersburg. Alfred joined him a few years later.

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Based on Alfred’s work and patents a whole new industry developed. Within ten years, 16 explosives producing factories had been founded in 14 countries.

Nobels Dynamite 10 Nov 1906

In his will of 27 November 1895, signed in Paris, Alfred Nobel specified that the bulk of his fortune should be used for prizes.

Alfred Nobel Will

Nobel Prize Teacher Summit 2019

The Nobel Prize Teacher Summit is an international teacher conference held in Stockholm every year. Teachers meet Nobel Prize Laureates, top scientists and peace activists around a theme of great importance. The 2019 theme is 'Climate change changes everything'.

Read more at the Nobel Prize Museum’s website.

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Nobel Prize Concert

Renowned conductor Herbert Blomstedt will lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concert Hall Stockholm on 8 December. This year's soloist is the soprano Miah Persson.

Tickets are sold by Konserthuset, Stockholm.

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Herbert Blomstedt.

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Nobel Prize facts

Youngest Nobel Laureate ever is Malala Yousafzai. She was 17 years old when she was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala Yousafzai

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2019 - International Year of the Periodic Table

"There's antimony, arsenic, aluminium ..."

To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, let's take a look back at the time 2003 Chemistry Laureate Peter Agre sang the ‘The elements’ to an audience in St Petersburg, Russia.

2018 Nobel Prizes

904 individuals and 24 organizations have been awarded Nobel Prizes so far. See the full list of all Nobel Laureates, awarded for "the benefit of humankind".

May-Britt Moser receiving her Nobel Prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

May-Britt Moser receiving her Nobel Prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

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Nobel Prize nominations

In his last will and testament, Alfred Nobel specifically designated the institutions responsible for the prizes he wished to be established.

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The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World (3)

The museum showcases the discoveries and creativity of the Nobel Laureates.

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The story of each Peace Laureate is told at the museum.

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In memoriam

Kary B. Mullis was awarded the 1993 Chemistry Prize for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method. PCR has been of major importance in both medical research and forensic science.

Kary B. Mullis

Novelist and 1993 Literature Laureate Toni Morrison has passed away aged 88. Morrison's works revolve around African-Americans; both their history and their situation in our own time.

Toni Morrison

Physics Laureate Robert Schrieffer, awarded for the theoretical explanation of the phenomenon of superconductivity, passed away on 27 July, age 88.

John Robert Schrieffer

Physics Laureate Murray Gell-Mann passed away on 24 May.  He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his contributions and discoveries concerning the classification of elementary particles and their interactions.

Murray Gell-Mann