Nobel Prize Ceremony

Nobel Prize Ceremony

December 10
Nobel Prizes are awarded each year to people, regardless of nationality, deemed by committees to have made the most significant practical efforts toward the well-being of the human race. In his will, the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) directed that the income from his $9 million estate be used to fund five annual prizes for the most important discoveries or inventions in the fields of physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine; for the most distinguished literary work of an idealistic nature; and for the most effective work in the interest of international peace. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901, but a sixth prize—in economics—was added in 1969.
Prize winners receive the awards, each worth a little over $1 million, at a special ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death in 1896. The peace prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway.
CONTACTS:
The Nobel Foundation
Sturegatan 14
P.O. Box 5232
Stockholm, SE-102 45 Sweden
46-8-663-0920; fax: 46-8-660-38-47
www.nobelprize.org
SOURCES:
FestEur-1961, p. 150
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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