Some Astonishing and Unknown Facts About the Nobel Prize
Here are some interesting Nobel Prize facts for you to devour:
- Since the beginning of the Nobel Prize in 1901 there have been 49 instances where no Nobel Prize was awarded. The most number of instances where no Nobel Prize winners were selected has been during World War I (1914-1918) & II (1939-1945)
- It seems even prison can’t stop you from getting a Nobel Peace Prize. Till now a total of three laureates have been awarded Nobel Peace Prize while serving time viz. Carl von Ossietzky in 1935, Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991, Liu Xiaobo in 2010
- In 1968, a new category for Nobel Prize in the field of Economics was added by Bank of Sweden. However, very few people know that it is actually named as Nobel Memorial Prize for contribution towards Economic Sciences. It was not originally added in the will by Alfred Nobel but is given as a memorial award to honor him.
- Nobel Prize originated from the last will and testament of Alfred Nobel for honoring major contributors in the field of Physics, Chemistry, Peace, Literature and Medicine. But it is rarely known that the will of Alfred Nobel caused a controversy when his family decided to challenge the will and even the selected award committee refused to honor his wishes. It was not until 5 years later the death of Alfred Nobel when the first ever Nobel Prize was announced.
- Until 1970s the Nobel Foundation had been awarding Nobel Prize posthumously and had already been awarded to two dead people. Though in the year 2011 when Ralph Steinman passed away three days prior to winning a Nobel Prize in Medicine the Foundation didn’t rescind his Nobel.
- Marie Curie won two Nobel prizes. Her daughter was also awarded chemistry Nobel prize along with her husband in 1935.