The Nobel Prize season has returned, with committees in Sweden and Norway poised to unveil the laureates for various prestigious prizes in the fields of science, literature, economics, and peace work. This annual tradition, which takes place in October, will see the recognition of outstanding contributions across six categories.
As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing pandemic, the Nobel Prize ceremonies have had to adapt to the circumstances. In both 2020 and 2021, some in-person events were canceled in favor of digital ceremonies for the winners. Additionally, the Oslo ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize was scaled down, featuring a limited audience compared to previous years.
The laureates of the Nobel Prizes will officially receive their medals and diplomas in Stockholm this December. In a departure from tradition, the ceremony for last year included 15 laureates from 2020 and 2021 who received their accolades in their respective home countries due to the global health crisis.
A Brief Overview of This Year’s Nobel Prizes
The Nobel Prizes, established by the will of Alfred Nobel, honor remarkable contributions made by individuals or organizations in specific fields. These fields include physiology or medicine, physics, chemistry, economic science, literature, and peace work, with the latter category often garnering the most attention due to the significance of the nominees.
This year, the Nobel Peace Prize has attracted 351 candidates, marking the second-highest number of nominees in history, following the record set in 2016 with 376 nominations. The laureates of this esteemed prize join a distinguished list of previous recipients, including Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai (2014), President Barack Obama (2009), Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk (1993), the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (1989), and Mother Teresa (1979).
Announcing the 2023 Nobel Prize Winners
The eagerly awaited Nobel Prize announcements are scheduled to unfold between Monday, October 2nd, and Sunday, October 9th, with one prize revealed each day. These announcements, occurring between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Eastern Time, emanate from Stockholm and Oslo and will be live-streamed on the official digital channels of the Nobel Prize.
- On Monday, the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded to Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman for their groundbreaking discoveries that contributed to the development of effective vaccines against Covid-19.
- The Nobel Prize in physics will be unveiled on Tuesday.
- The Nobel Prize in chemistry is set to be disclosed on Wednesday.
- Thursday will see the announcement of the Nobel Prize in literature.
- The Nobel Prize for peace work is scheduled for unveiling on Friday.
- Finally, the Nobel Prize in economic science will be announced on October 9th.
What Do Nobel Laureates Receive?
Recipients of Nobel Prizes are bestowed with a Nobel Prize diploma, a Nobel Prize medal, and a document specifying the Nobel Prize amount. This year, the Nobel Prize award amounts to 11 million Swedish krona, approximately equivalent to $989,000 in current exchange rates.
As the world eagerly anticipates the revelation of this year’s Nobel laureates, the recognition of their outstanding contributions serves as a testament to human achievement and innovation across various fields of endeavor.