Interesting Nobel prize, Nobel laureate, Nobel winners facts
In 2016, the international award given yearly to honor work – Nobel Prize Laureates will be announced October 3-10. All Nobel winners will be revealed in this week, but during the time-wait, let’s have a quick look at some curious but interesting facts about this Prize.
Nobel Prize facts
Nobel Prize symbol
1. Three prisoners received the Nobel Peace Prize
Three laureates were in prison when they received the award, all of them winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. German pacifist and journalist Carl von Ossietzky in 1935, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991 and Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo in 2010
2. There are 49 years without Nobel Prizes
3. The large number of Peace Prize candidates
The class of 273 Peace Prize candidates for 2015 was the second-largest ever, behind 2014's record of 278.
4. Nobel Prize has been sold
Physics winner Leon Lederman, who won in 1988 for his co-discovery of the muon neutrino, sold his Nobel earlier this year to cover medical care expenses. The buyer, whose identity was not released by the auction house, paid $765,000 for it. Only two Nobels have ever been sold during a winner’s life. Both such sales occurred in the past year.
5. Posthumous nominations can't be made for Nobel Prizes
A person must be alive to be nominated. If they die during the consideration period, their name will be removed. Only if a person is announced as a winner and dies prior to the ceremony, will a posthumous award be given.
6. The medal should remain with the winner
Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov paid $4.7 million to buy the gold Nobel medal awarded to biologist James Watson for his work deciphering DNA’s double helix, but he then gave the medal back to the laureate. Usmanov said the medal should remain with the winner and that the monies he paid for it should go toward research.
7. Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
Adolf Hitler was nominated in 1939 by Swedish lawmaker E.G.C. Brandt for the Nobel Peace Prize, which is meant to promote "fraternity between nations" and global disarmament. Brandt later withdrew the nomination, saying it was meant as satire.
8. The prize awarded in Economics is not truly a Nobel Prize
Technically, the prize awarded in Economics is not a Nobel Prize, as it was not specified in Alfred Nobel's will. It has been nicknamed the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, and is selected by the same committee that selects the physics and chemistry prizes, but has only been awarded since 1969. It is award in memory of Alfred Nobel. Also, Mathemetic is not in the list of Nobel Prize.
9. The Nobel Prize money is used to divorce from wife
When Albert Einstein wanted a divorce from his first wife, he promised her to pay the Nobel Prize money he was confident he would win for his work, which he paid when he won the award a few years later.
10. The two opposite discoveries won the Nobel Prize
Thomson won the Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering that electrons act as particles, while his son George Paget Thomson won the Nobel Prize for discovering that electrons act as waves.
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