Announcement of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize
2012 Nobel Peace Prize
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):
Did You Know?
|125||Laureates have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize between 1901 and 2012.
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|24||times the Nobel Peace Prize have been awarded to organizations.
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|15||women have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize so far.
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|62||is the average age of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates the year they were awarded the prize.
|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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|50||years are the nominees for a Nobel Prize kept secret.
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|853||is the total number of Nobel Prize awarded Laureates and organizations between 1901 and 2011.
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Nobel Laureate Interviews
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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):
“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):
“… If you’re really interested in something enough, you just keep working on it …”
Listen to an interview with Brian K. Kobilka (8:09):
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“.
“… I use atoms to study photons and he uses photons to study atoms …”
Listen to an interview with Serge Haroche (7:18):
“It’s a long way before we have a useful quantum computer, but I think most of us … feel that it will eventually happen.”
Listen to an interview with David J. Wineland (6:38):
2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
“My own personal belief is that we will, in the end, understand everything about how cells actually work …”
Listen to an interview with Sir John B. Gurdon (10:23):
“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):
Photos of the 2012 Nobel Laureates
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The Nobel Prize in Social Media
If the EU had won the Nobel Peace Prize for Economics I could understand the uproar. However I feel this award is richly deserved.
The EU…really? How does this committee have any credibility left?
What is a Nobel Laureate?
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.
See all Nobel Laureates, year by year
“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.
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.