Spotlight on Nobel Prize Winners

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    Alice Munro 
    Alice Munro, awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. Canadian author Munro also won the Booker Prize in 2009.
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    Peter Higgs 
    Peter Higgs, awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. Higgs is a British physicist known for his theoretical work with the Higgs boson.
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    Robert Shiller 
    Robert Shiller, awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Science. Shiller is an American economist who teaches at Yale.
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    Alfred Nobel 
    Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel (1833 - 1896) invented dynamite and founded the Nobel Prize to honor future innovators.
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    Nobel Prize Banquet 
    Each year, a Nobel Prize Foundation Banquet is thrown in honor of the recipients, attended by honorees, past recipients, and Swedish royalty.
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    Albert Einstein 
    Renowned physicist Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.
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    Ivan Pavlov 
    Ivan Pavlov won the 1904 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his enlightening work on the digestive system using dogs.
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    John Steinbeck 
    American author John Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. He also won the Pulitzer Prize in 1939 for Grapes of Wrath.
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    Martin Luther King  Jr. 
    Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
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    Ernest Rutherford 
    Considered the father of nuclear physics, New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1908.
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    Marie Curie 
    Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911, becoming the first person to win two prizes.
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    Aung San Suu Kyi 
    Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Prize in Peace in 1991, while under house arrest for a pro-democracy movement in Burma.
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    Ramakrishnan 
    Vankatraman Ramakrishnan won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the ribosome in 2009.
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    Mother Teresa 
    Mother Teresa won the Nobel Prize in Peace in 1979 for her amazing charity and relief work.

In Your Library: Alice Munro
This year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature is Alice Munro, a Canadian author praised for her short stories. Read more about Alice Munro’s life and writing style in Literary Reference Center, browse the library’s collection for literary criticism and anthologies containing her stories, or check out one of her collected works.
Britannica Academic Edition: The Nobel Prize
Learn about how the Nobel Prizes were created, their involved selection process, what a Nobel prize actually entails, and see the past winners for all six categories in this entry from Encyclopedia Britannica. Be sure to check out the Video, Images, & Audio in the sidebar on the left to see photographs of the medals, related videos, and an interactive feature on the selection process.

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Featured Biography from Biography in Context: Jane Addams
Jane Addams was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Peace. Her humanitarian work included founding the Hull House in Chicago, a “settlement house” that helped poor people in a variety of ways, as well as her work with women’s rights, unions, and eradicating racial prejudice. Read her biography to find out how she came up with her aid programs, why she was called “the most dangerous woman in America” by her detractors, and how her life has shaped our current world.
Nobelprize.org: The official website of the Nobel Prize
The official website of the Nobel Prize contains a wealth of information, including interviews with the recipients, educational games and resources (including The Blood Typing Game and Pavlov’s Dog Game), and quick facts on the Nobel prizes and winners throughout history. You can also watch past years’ ceremonies and even learn about the menus served and the royal attire of the Queen of Sweden.

Last update: Monday, 09 December, 2013 16:35