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Join this year's Nobel Peace Prize Forum! The forum will focus on how to find a way forward for Afghanistan and address the crucial question of whether and how the West should engage with the Taliban. Learn more:
Check out this selfie of @ardemp and Barry Sharpless together! Both Sharpless and Patapoutian work at @scrippsresearch where Patapoutian snapped this selfie. The two will both be at Nobel Week in Stockholm this December. Stay tuned to our channels to see more about Nobel Week!
#NobelPrize laureate @francesarnold conducted the first directed evolution of enzymes. Today uses of those enzymes include more environmentally friendly manufacturing of chemicals. Learn more:
Join us online in December to celebrate our #NobelPrize laureates! Take part in the festivities on 6-12 December as we celebrate our 2022 laureates and the discoveries and achievements that have brought the greatest benefit to humankind:…
What is life? This is a question that has puzzled scientists for centuries, including Nobel Prize laureates Erwin Schrödinger and Paul Nurse. Nurse will be discussing this question in depth at this year's Nobel Week Dialogue. Register here:
#OnThisDay in 1895 the Swedish dynamite millionaire Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament. In his will Nobel specified that the bulk of his fortune should be used for prizes to "those who shall have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind”.
"I'm in about grade 65 right now because I keep on learning!" Check out this video from medicine laureate Elizabeth Blackburn about her never-ending journey in science.
Applause all round! Join us at the start of December to congratulate and celebrate the 2022 Nobel Prize laureates, including our new chemistry laureate Morten Meldal who will be joining us in Stockholm to receive his Nobel Prize. Video Credit: Jiwoong Lee
Why do we age? And why do some people age faster than others? The secret lies in our telomeres and the enzyme telomerase which was first discovered by laureate Elizabeth Blackburn and affects the way our cells age. Learn more about the prize:
Tu Youyou discovered a substance called artemisinin, which can be used to treat malaria. Tu not only found a way to extract artemisinin from a traditional Chinese medicine, she also tested the new drug on herself to speed up development time. #NobelPrize
Nearly a decade after the foundation of special relativity, Albert Einstein submitted his paper 'The Field Equations of Gravitation' for publication #OnThisDay in 1915, which gave the correct field equations for the theory of general relativity.
2018 peace laureates @DenisMukwege and @NadiaMuradBasee are working to end sexual violence in war. Mukwege set up Panzi Hospital to help victims of sexual violence while Murad has courageously shared her own sufferings and spoken up on behalf of other victims. #EndVAW
“When women are destroyed, it’s not a women’s question. It’s a human question.” Denis Mukwege was awarded the 2018 #NobelPeacePrize for his work fighting against the use of sexual violence in war. Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
"I am not a lone voice. I am many." Throwback to 2014 when @Malala Yousafzai held her powerful #NobelPeacePrize Lecture speaking up for every child’s right to go to school. Read the full lecture: Watch this year's peace lecture on 10 December.
“I see myself as the one who never gives up.” Listen to a podcast episode with Liberian peace activist and 2011 peace laureate Leymah Gbowee: Gbowee shares her heartbreaking life story and her constant struggle for peace in her home country.
Albert Einstein delivered his #NobelPrize lecture in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1923 after being awarded the 1921 physics prize for his many contributions to theoretical physics. At the beginning of December, the 2022 laureates will be delivering their lectures - stay tuned!
"We should always explore the things that we are a little afraid of." Physics laureate Andrea Ghez encourages us all to explore and try things that scare us a little. Ghez will be joining our discussion on the future of life on 9 December. Learn more:…
#OTD in 1859 Charles Darwin's book 'On the Origins of Species' was published. 159 years later the chemistry prize was awarded to Frances Arnold, Gregory Winter and George Smith who took control of evolution and used it for purposes that bring the greatest benefit to humankind.
"I think success is having a career where you enjoy it so much that you almost feel guilty that people pay you to do it because you are having so much fun every day." Wise words by our 2019 medicine laureate William Kaelin. #NobelPrize
What do these laureates have in common? The 2022 peace laureate Ales Bialiatski (left) is under arrest and will be unable to collect his #NobelPrize. Similarly, journalist Carl von Ossietzky (right) was also under arrest at the time of his award and could not collect his prize.
In 1995, physics laureates Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz made the very first discovery of a planet outside our solar system, an exoplanet, orbiting the solar-type star 51 Pegasi. They reported their discovery in an article, published on 23 November 1995:…
Have you ever heard about van der Waals forces? The term in molecular physics is named after scientist and 1910 physics laureate Johannes Diderik van der Waals. Van der Waals forces are relatively weak intermolecular forces between atoms or molecules.
"If you want to be a scientist, you have to withstand failure." Listen to chemistry laureate Ben Feringa give advice to young science students on how to tackle failures. Watch the full student session with Feringa here:…
Let’s take a deep dive into the world of bookbinding and find out more about the craftsmanship behind the unique #NobelPrize diploma covers and medal cases. Find out more about just how they are made:
"Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation." - Literature laureate Toni Morrison in her #NobelPrize lecture. Join us on 7-8 and 10 December to hear the 2022 Nobel Prize lectures.
Do you know how nerve impulses are exchanged between cells? Together with Alan Hodgkin, Andrew Huxley (pictured) discovered how this exchange took place and was awarded the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery. Learn more:
Frances Arnold conducted the first directed evolution of enzymes. What future discoveries can we imagine in the field of enzyme chemistry? Arnold will be joining us for this year’s Nobel Week Dialogue where we will be discussing the future of life:…
Have you ever heard about the 'Braun tube'? The tube is named after its developer, 1909 physics laureate Ferdinand Braun who contributed to wireless signal transfer technology in several ways. His contributions helped us develop telegraphy and radio. #WorldTelevisionDay
In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered the mould he was working with produced a substance that could kill many common bacteria. He called this new, exciting substance "mould juice". Only after a couple of months did he name it penicillin. #WorldAntibioticAwarenessWeek
Each Nobel Prize diploma is a unique work of art. The 2022 Nobel Prize laureates will soon be receiving their unique diplomas and medals. Learn more about the Nobel Prize diplomas in this article: #NobelPrize
Selma Lagerlöf, the first woman to receive the literature prize. Lagerlöf's writing was rooted in folk tales and legends from her home district in Värmland County, Sweden, earning her the prize at a time when literature was dominated by realism.
“I have failed at many things, but I have never been afraid.” The fearless literature laureate Nadine Gordimer was one of greatest writers of our time. Living in South Africa during the apartheid era, her literary works often depict the terror many citizens experienced.
Jane Addams was a social work pioneer, feminist and peace maker. She dedicated her life to peace work and helping the poor. After being nominated on 91 occasions, she finally received the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize - the second woman to be awarded it after Bertha von Suttner.
“There is no greater violence than to deny the dreams of our children.” For more than 30 years, Kailash Satyarthi has been working to end child labour and campaigning for their right to education. In 2014 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. #WorldChildrensDay
Literature laureate Wole Soyinka often speaks about his home country Nigeria and how he thinks the country will develop for future generations. Listen to our podcast with him:
At a @NobelPrize event in 2019 Ada Yonath sounded an alarm on a global challenge. "I cannot predict the future. But I think a 10-15 fold increase in deaths due to infectious diseases is realistic if we do not find new antibiotics." #WorldAntibioticAwarenessWeek
Have you read Kazuo Ishiguro's novel 'Klara and the Sun'? The novel tells the story of the artificial friend Klara. If you find the topic of artificial friends as fascinating as we do, make sure to register for our upcoming Nobel Week Dialogue:…
Yuan T. Lee became a scientist after first being inspired by another #NobelPrize laureate - Marie Skłodowska Curie. Lee went onto study chemistry, with a particular interest in reaction dynamics. In 1986 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work.
To understand the ability to orient ourselves in space, John O'Keefe studied brains of rats as they moved around a room. He found different cells were activated depending on where the rat was - forming an internal brain map of the room. Learn more:
“But I would like to sound one note of warning...” During his Nobel Prize lecture in 1945, Sir Alexander Fleming was already concerned about bacteria developing resistance to his newly discovered antibiotic, penicillin. Read the lecture (pdf):
#OTD 33 years ago the COBE satellite rocketed into earth orbit to measure and map the oldest light in our universe – the cosmic microwave background. The satellite was created by a team that included John Mather and George Smoot who were awarded the 2006 #NobelPrize in Physics.
She was awarded the 2021 peace prize with Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. Listen to her #NobelPrize lecture:
Ressa uses freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism around the world. She is a fearless defender of freedom of expression and has documented how social media is used to spread fake news and manipulate public discourse.
“Social media is a deadly game for power and money. Every day, I live with the real threat of spending the rest of my life in jail just because I’m a journalist. When I go home, I have no idea what the future holds, but it’s worth the risk.” - 2021 peace laureate @mariaressa
#OTD in 1948 the Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to make no award that year on the grounds that "there was no suitable living candidate". Would Mahatma Gandhi have been awarded the #NobelPrize if he hadn’t been murdered on 30 January 1948? More info:
"Do it now because you can do it!" Watch physics laureate Didier Queloz's motivating message for young scientists. #studentsday
The discovery of growth factors like EGF (shown) increased our understanding of disease states such as developmental malformations, degenerative changes in senile dementia and tumour diseases. Rita Levi-Montalcini and Stanley Cohen shared the 1986 medicine prize for their work.
Learn more about his creative process and his path to the #NobelPrize:…
In 1964, Penrose proposed critical mathematical tools to describe black holes. He showed that Einstein’s general theory of relativity means the formation of black holes must be seen as a natural process in the universe’s development. For this he was awarded the physics prize.
"I like blackboards much the best. I think they are better in a way. Whiteboards I'm not so keen on, but they're not so much worse than blackboards.” - 2020 physics laureate Roger Penrose on his love of blackboards. #NobelPrize
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