What is the Nobel Prize?


The Nobel Prize is regarded as the largest and most prestigious recognition there is.

The man behind the Nobel Prize was Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite, and the prize of honour is traditionally awarded on 10 December, which is the anniversary of his death.

Every year since 1901, Nobel Prizes have been awarded in Literature, Chemistry, Physics, Medicine/Physiology and Economic Sciences as well as the Nobel Peace Prize and more than 800 people have received the honorary prize. There are many internationally recognised people on the list of recipients, including Barack H. Obama and Nelson Mandela.

Several Danes have received the Nobel Prize, including Henrik Pontoppidan in 1917 in Literature, August Krogh in 1920 in Physiology and Medicine and Niels Bohr in 1922 in Physics.

In 1997, Jens Chr. Skou from Aarhus University received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of the sodium pump, which controls the ion balance in living cells.

In 2010, Dale T. Mortensen, Niels Bohr professor at Aarhus University received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences together with Christopher A. Pissarides and Peter A. Diamond.

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