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Prizes

Each year, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awards the Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, but also many other prizes in recognition of distinguished achievements. Mostly to researchers, but sometimes to teachers, writers and translators. Read more about our prizes at the menus to the left.

The Crafoord Prizes in Mathematics and Astronomy 2016

Illustrations: Anna-Lena Lindqvist, Lindqvist Grafik & InfoDesign AB.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2016 Crafoord Prize in Mathematics to Yakov Eliashberg, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA, “for the development of contact and symplectic topology and groundbreaking discoveries of rigidity and flexibility phenomena”, and the 2016 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy to Roy Kerr, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and Roger Blandford, Stanford University, CA, USA, “for fundamental work concerning rotating black holes and their astrophysical consequences”.

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The Prize in Economic Sciences 2015

Illustration: Johan Jarnestad.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for 2015 to Angus Deaton, Princeton University, NJ, USA, “for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare”.

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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015

Illustration: Johan Jarnestad.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2015 to Tomas Lindahl, Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory, Hertfordshire, UK,
Paul Modrich, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA and Aziz Sancar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, “for mechanistic studies of DNA repair”.

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The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015

Illustration: Johan Jarnestad.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015 to Takaaki Kajita, Super-Kamiokande Collaboration, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan och Arthur B. McDonald, Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass”.

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