WHAT do Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, Marie Curie and Barack Obama have in common? As you might have guessed it, they were recipients of the coveted Nobel Prize award.
A Nobel prize is an award given to those who have done their best to benefit mankind. It is awarded annually in six different areas: Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, Activism for Peace and Economic Science.
The Nobel Prize was established by Alfred Nobel (1833 – 1896) in his will before death. He was a chemist, engineer and entrepreneur who invented the dynamite and had 355 patents before he died.
Every year, the Nobel Laureates would receive their prizes from the Swedish King on the 10th of December which is the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. The prizes comprise money (worth 3.66 million ringgit!), a diploma, and a gold medal. This prestigious award provides worldwide recognition to its recipient for his or her life work and to further his/her mission.
All Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, except for the Nobel Peace Prize, which is awarded in Oslo, Norway. The nomination of a Nobel Prize winner could not be a deceased person, unless the recipient dies between the time the award is announced and the date the prize is awarded. The youngest Nobel Prize winner to date is Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 years old when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.