Things to know about the Nobel Prize

  • Alfred Bernhard Nobel, born in 1833, the inventor of dynamite, is the man behind the Nobel Prize. He left 31 million Swedish Kronor, today about $265m to fund the prize.
  • The prize money for each Nobel is 10 million Swedish crowns ($ 1.45 million).
  • All Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, except for the Nobel Peace Prize, which is awarded in Oslo, Norway.
  • The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Science was constituted in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 1968 by Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden’s Central Bank).
  • 830 Laureates and 23 organizations have been awarded the Nobel Prize between 1901 and 2011. Of them, 69 are Laureates in Economic Sciences. A small number of individuals and organizations have been honored more than once, which means that 826 individuals and 20 unique organizations have received the Nobel Prize in total.
  • A small number of individuals and organizations have been honored more than once, which means that 813 individuals and 20 unique organizations have received the Nobel Prize in total.
  • Since the start, in 1901, there are some years when the Nobel Prizes have not been awarded. The total numbers of times are 50. Most of them during World War I (1914-1918) and II (1939-1945).
  • Only 40 Nobel Prizes to women!

Between 1901 and 2011, 549 Nobel Prizes and Prizes in Economic Sciences have been  awarded, 40 to women and 509 to men.