Nobel Prizes

Nobel MedallionThe Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. Every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. The Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel was added in 1968. This page links to the main categories of awards, the history of the prize, the winners and New Zealand Nobel Prize winners.

Recent Nobel Prize winners

History of the Nobel Prize

Nobel Prize.org
Official website of the Nobel Prize. Includes information about all Nobel Prize laureates and educational and historical material. Webcasts of latest awards (made in October each year).
Alfred Nobel
Information about Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, who founded the Nobel Prizes. From the Nobel Prize website.
Alfred Nobel
Backgrounder by Ellen Bailey, 1/1/2006, in the Science Reference Center.
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New Zealand winners

New Zealand claims three Nobel Prize winners:

Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford - 1908 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Awarded for his work on the transmutation of elements and the chemistry of radioactive substances.

Ernest Rutherford
Information about Rutherford’s life and work.
Ernest Rutherford Biography
Biography from the Nobel Prize website.
1908 Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Official information about the award, including Rutherford’s Nobel lecture.

Maurice Wilkins - 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

Awarded for his contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA.

Maurice Wilkins Biography
Biography from the Nobel Prize website.
1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Official information about the award, including Wilkins’ Nobel lecture.
Wilkins, Maurice Hugh Frederick (1916–2004)
By Robert Olby, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Jan 2008.
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Maurice Wilkins, DNA enabler
Brian Sweeney, 15 November 1999, at NZedge.com.

Alan MacDiarmid - 2000 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Awarded for his contribution to the discovery and development of electronically conductive polymers.

Alan MacDiarmid Autobiography
Autobiography from the Nobel Prize website.
2000 Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Official information about the award, autobiographical information about Alan MacDiarmid and his fellow laureates, educational material about their discoveries. From the Nobel Prize website.
Kenneth Chang, "Alan MacDiarmid, 79, Nobelist for Plastics Work, Dies."
New York Times 8 Feb. 2007: C14(L). Biography In Context.
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Alan MacDiarmid, Plastic Fantastic
John Campbell, 10 Oct 2001, at NZEdge.com.

Not so Serious – the Ig Noble Prizes

The Ig Noble Prizes are awarded every year to scientists whose improbable research projects make people laugh and then think.

See also the Wikipedia entry for the Ig Nobles.

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