Announcement of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

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2012 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union (EU) for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe”.

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José Manuel Barroso: “It is a justified recognition of this unique project that has brought peace to our continent.”

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, was interviewed immediately following the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize (2:57):

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Did You Know?

125 Laureates have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize between 1901 and 2012.
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15 women have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize so far.
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3 Peace Prize Laureates have been under arrest at the time of the award: German pacifist and journalist Carl von Ossietzky, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.
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Mo Yan

2012 Nobel Prize in Literature

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Mo Yan who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary”.

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Interview with Mo Yan (in Chinese)

Mo Yan was interviewed immediately following the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Literature (7:48):

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“It’s just such a boost for the people in the lab, they work so hard every day …”

Listen to an interview with Robert J. Lefkowitz (6:19):

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“… If you’re really interested in something enough, you just keep working on it …”

Listen to an interview with Brian K. Kobilka (8:09):

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Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland

2012 Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems“.

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“… I use atoms to study photons and he uses photons to study atoms …”

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“It’s a long way before we have a useful quantum computer, but I think most of us … feel that it will eventually happen.”

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John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka

2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent“.

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“My own personal belief is that we will, in the end, understand everything about how cells actually work …”

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“My goal, all my life, is to bring this stem cell technology to the bedside, to patients, to clinics …”

Listen to an interview with Shinya Yamanaka (5:44):

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Photos of the 2012 Nobel Laureates

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  • Portrait of Shinya Yamanaka, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.
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    Portrait of Shinya Yamanaka, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.

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Read an NEH interview with author Mo Yan, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature http://1.usa.gov/RhVl6k

Twitter, 2012-10-11 13:24

Chris Ruff
If the EU had won the Nobel Peace Prize for Economics I could understand the uproar. However I feel this award is richly deserved.

Twitter, 2012-10-12 13:39

Shawn Metz
The EU…really? How does this committee have any credibility left?

Facebook, 2012-10-12 15:37
Laurel

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The word “Laureate” refers to being signified by the laurel wreath. In Ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were awarded to victors as a sign of honour.
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Alfred Nobel

“If I Have 300 Ideas in a Year and Just One Turns Out to Work I Am Satisfied”

Alfred Bernhard Nobel, born in 1833, is the man behind the Nobel Prize.

Languages: Spoke 5 languages fluently at the age of 17.
Professions: Swedish chemist, inventor of dynamite, engineer, armaments manufacturer, business man.
Fortune: In his will he left 31 million SEK (today about 265 million dollar) to fund the prizes.

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NOMINATIONS

2012 Nobel Laureates

The process of selecting Nobel Laureates continues all year round. This month’s work in the committees:
Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, Peace: Nobel Laureates are chosen and announced.
Economic Sciences: Laureates are chosen and announced.

2013 Nobel Laureates

Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, Economic Sciences: Nomination proposals are received. Deadline for nominations is 31 January.
Peace: Nomination proposals are received. Deadline for nominations is 1 February.

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