The Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Physics, Medicine, Literature and Peace are out. The list of winner follows.
The greatest honor for achievements in specific fields the Nobel Prizes will be given out throughout this week. The winners will be announced starting from the 3rd of October (i.e. today) and will continue till 10th of October. The prize for Medicine is due to be announced today, with the prize for Physics tomorrow (4th October) and for Chemistry the day after (5th October). The prize for Peace will be announced on 7th October (Friday) and that for Economic Sciences on the 10th of October. The Prize for Literature will be announced later, as always. We bring you the list of Nobel Winners as the announcements each day.
The Nobel Prize for Medicine/Physiology is being awarded jointly to Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann ”for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity” and to Ralph M. Steinman ”for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity“. While Beutler and Hoffman received half the prize, while Steinmen received the other half.
The 2011 Physics Nobel Prize goes to Saul Perlmutter (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley), Prof. Brian Schmidt (High Z Supernova search team) and Prof. Adam Reiss (High Z Supernova search team). While Permutter got half the Prize, the other half went jointly to Schmidt and Reiss. The citation reads discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe by observation.
More on the physics Nobel: http://techie-buzz.com/science/physics-nobel-prize-2011-winners.html
The Nobel Prize for Chemistry is being awarded to Daniel Schechtman from Israel for the discovery of quasi crystals, which was his Nobel citation. He is the sole winner for this year’s prize.
The Nobel Prize for Literature goes to the Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer. He was awarded the Prize because because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded jointly to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for “their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”. Remember that this prize is not given in Stockholm, but in Oslo, Norway.
The 2011 Economics Nobel, called the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences was jointly awarded to Thomas Sargent and Christopher A Sims. Their citation says ”for their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy”
This completes the list of winners. The Nobel Prize will be presented on the 10th of December.
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History of the Nobel
The prizes were instituted by Alfred Nobel, honoring the best in the world in certain fields every year. The money comes from the interest generated by the money invested with the Nobel Foundation. This fortune was made by Nobel when he patented his discovery of dynamite and then sold the patents.
The category of peace was added in 1969 and is awarded in Oslo, Norway, while the others are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden. Surprisingly, there is no Nobel for Mathematics.
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