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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.

Nobel 2016

Time and dates are set for the yearly announcements of the Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry as well as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The announcements, that are followed by a press conference, are to be held the first week of October. 

  • Nobel Prize in Physics– 4 October at 11.45 CET at the earliest.
  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry – 5 October at 11.45 CET at the earliest.
  • Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel – 10 October at 11.45 CET at the earliest.

More information and registration for press are available from the beginning of September.

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”.

Press release
Popular Science Background (pdf)
Scientific Background (pdf)

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”.

Press release
Popular Science Background (pdf)
Scientific Background (pdf)

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 2015

 

Nominating and awarding 

As described in Alfred Nobel's will, the Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry should be awarded to "the person who shall have made the most important discovery or invention within the field of physics" and "the person who shall have made the most important chemical discovery or improvement". A prize may be equally divided between two works, each of which is considered to be worthy of a prize. If a work that is rewarded has been produced by two or three persons, the prize shall be awarded to them jointly. Much of today's research is conducted by large research groups and collaborations, and extensive investigative work is put into identifying the key people who have driven and been central to the discoveries, inventions and improvements that are rewarded.

The nomination and selection of the Nobel laureates is managed by the Nobel Committees of the Academy. Each year the committees send invitations to thousands of scientists, Academy members and university professors in numerous countries, asking them to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize for the coming year. Members of the Academy and previous laureates may also nominate candidates. The nominations are then reviewed by each committee with the help of specially appointed experts. When the committees have made their selection from the proposed laureates and have presented their recommendation to the Academy, the final choice of laureates is decided by a vote. Every year, the Academy's decisions are announced and published on the Academy's website and on Nobelprize.org immediately after the vote in mid-October.