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Nobel Prizes

By the terms of Alfred Nobel’s will the Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry have been awarded by the Academy since 1901. The awarding ceremony takes place on 10 December, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. Each prize can be shared by three laureates at the most. The Laureates are announced here and at Nobelprize.org every year in mid-October immediately after they have been chosen. Since 1969, the Academy also awards the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Memory of Alfred Nobel, which is presented at the menu Prize in Economic Sciences.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014

Image: Science 313:1642–1645.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2014 to Eric Betzig, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, VA, USA, Stefan W. Hell, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, and German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany and William E. Moerner, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”.

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The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014

Illustration: Johan JarnestadThe Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 to Isamu Akasaki, Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan and Nagoya University, Japan, Hiroshi Amano, Nagoya University, Japan and Shuji Nakamura, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”.

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Nobel Posters

Why have the Laureates received the world’s most prestigious prize? Posters explaining the prize contributions in physics, chemistry and economic sciences are produced annually in Swedish and English.

Nobel Posters

Nobel Lectures

The Nobel Lectures are held in Aula Magna, Stockholm University.In connection with the awarding ceremonies in December each year, the Nobel Prize and Economics Laureates hold their prize lectures. Since 1999 the lectures available on the Internet at Nobelprize.org. The official Nobel Lectures by this year's Laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Economic Sciences will be held at Aula Magna in Stockholm, December 8, and will be webcast live here at kva.se and be available as video on demand at KVATV.

The Nobel Lectures 2014


Nominating and awarding 

Marie Curie, Nobel Laureate in physics 1903 and chemistry 1911. The nomination and selection of the Nobel laureates is to a large extent handled by the Nobel Committees of the Academy. Each year the committees send invitations to thousands of scientists, members of academies and university professors in numerous countries, asking them to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize for the coming year. Those who are competent to submit nominations are chosen in such a way that as many countries and universities as possible will be represented. Members of the Academy and former laureates are also authorised to nominate candidates.

The nominations received by each committee are then investigated with the help of specially appointed experts. When the committees have made their selection among the nominated candidates and have presented their recommendation to the Academy, a vote is taken for the final choice of laureates. The Academy's decisions are announced and published on the Academy’s and the Nobel Foundation’s web sites immediately after the vote in mid-October each year.