Alfred Nobel

Alfred Nobel

Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments manufacturer

Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 21, 1833. His family was descended from Olof Rudbeck, the best-known technical genius in Sweden in the 17th century, an era in which Sweden was a great power in northern Europe. Nobel was fluent in several languages, and wrote poetry and drama. Nobel was also very interested in social and peace-related issues, and held views that were considered radical during his time. Alfred Nobel's interests are reflected in the prize he established. Learn more about his life and his interests - science, inventions, entrepreneurship, literature and peace work.

On November 27, 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his third and last will at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris. When it was opened and read after his death, the will caused a lot of controversy both in Sweden and internationally, as Nobel had left much of his wealth for the establishment of a prize. His family opposed the establishment of the Nobel Prize, and the prize awarders he named refused to do what he had requested in his will. It was five years before the first Nobel Prize could be awarded in 1901.

In this excerpt of the will, Alfred Nobel dictates that his entire remaining estate should be used to endow "prizes to those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind"

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October 21, 1833

Alfred Nobel was born in Stockholm.

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October 28, 2019
https://www.outlookindia.com/
The number of poor in India has been slashed, says Duflo. 'But that does not mean we should be happy. That is not enough,' she says.
October 28, 2019
https://www.outlookindia.com/
Pyush Goyal commented in a dismissive fashion after it was announced that the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in economics set up in memory of Alfred Nobel was awarded to Esther Duflo, husband Abhjit Banerjee, and Michael Kremer.
Science X staff
October 9, 2019
phys.org
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry will be announced Wednesday, a day after the Physics award was given to a Canadian-American cosmologist and two Swiss scientists.
Michael Greshko
October 3, 2018
www.nationalgeographic.com
We dove into 115 years' worth of past laureates, and the data revealed some striking trends.
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The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how dynamite became a million dollar idea.

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