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:
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.
Winner(s): Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa
Achievement(s): for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.
Winner(s): Yoshinori Ohsumi
Achievement(s): for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy
Winner(s): Bob Dylan
Achievement(s): for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.
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.
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.