Alfred Nobel’s legacy continues in recognizing and appreciating achievements in selected academic and humanitarian endeavours. This is the 2016 winners’ list of the award:

1.     The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016

Winner(s): David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz

Achievement(s): for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.

2.     The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016

Winner(s): Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa

Achievement(s): for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.

3.     The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016

Winner(s): Yoshinori Ohsumi

Achievement(s): for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy

4.     The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016

Winner(s): Bob Dylan

Achievement(s): for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.

5.     The Nobel Peace Prize 2016

Winner(s): Juan Manuel Santos

Achievement(s): for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.

6.     The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2016

Winner(s): Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström

Achievement(s): for their contributions to contract theory.


Nobel Prize Facts

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace – the Nobel Prizes. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden’s central bank) established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.



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