Nobel Laureates Facts

Prize award

787 Nobel Laureates!

768 individuals and 19 organizations have been awarded the Nobel Prize. Some Laureates and organizations have been awarded more than once.
List of all Nobel Laureates »
List of Nobel Prize awarded organizations »

Lists of all Nobel Laureates in
| Physics | Chemistry | Medicine | Literature | Peace | Economics |

Only 33 women!

33 Nobel Laureates have been women, and the remaining 735 were men.
List of all women Nobel Laureates »

The youngest Nobel Laureate

To date, the youngest Laureate is Lawrence Bragg, who was just 25 years old when he received the Nobel Prize in Physics with his father in 1915.
List of youngest Nobel Laureates »

The oldest Nobel Laureate

The oldest Laureate to date is Raymond Davis Jr. who was nearly 88 years old when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2002.
List of oldest Nobel Laureates »

Two Nobel Laureates have declined the Nobel Prize!

Jean-Paul Sartre, awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature, declined the prize because he had consistently declined all official honours.

Le Duc Tho
, awarded the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. They were awarded the Prize for negotiating the Vietnam peace accord. Le Doc Tho said that he was not in a position to accept the Prize, citing the situation in Vietnam as his reason.

Four Nobel Laureates have been forced by authorities to decline the Nobel Prize!

Adolf Hitler forbade three German Nobel Laureates, Richard Kuhn, Adolf Butenandt and Gerhard Domagk, from accepting the Nobel Prize. All of them could later receive the Nobel Prize Diploma and Medal, but not the prize amount..

Boris Pasternak, the 1958 Nobel Laureate in Literature, initially accepted the Prize but was later coerced by the authorities of the Soviet Union, his native country, to decline the Prize.

MultipleNobel Laureates

The work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been honoured by a Nobel Peace Prize three times. Besides, the founder of the ICRC, Henry Dunant, was awarded the first Nobel Peace Prize in 1901.

Linus Pauling is the only person to have been awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes - the 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize.
Bardeen M. Curie Pauling
J. Bardeen M. Curie L. Pauling

Physics 1956
Physics 1972

Physics 1903
Chemistry 1911

Chemistry 1954
Peace 1962

Sanger UNHCR logotype ICRC logotype

Chemistry 1958
Chemistry 1980

Peace 1917
Peace 1944
Peace 1963

Peace 1954
Peace 1981


"Family Nobel Laureates"

As you may notice, the Curies were a very successful 'Nobel Prize family'. Marie Curie herself was awarded two Nobel Prizes. Read more about Marie and Pierre Curie and the Discovery of Polonium and Radium. »
Married Couples
Marie Curie
Pierre Curie
Irène Joliot-Curie
Frédéric Joliot
Gerty Cori
Carl Cori
Alva Myrdal
Gunnar Myrdal
Mother & Daughter
Marie Curie
Irène Joliot-Curie
Father & Daughter
Pierre Curie
Irène Joliot-Curie
Father & Son
William Bragg
Lawrence Bragg
Niels Bohr
Aage N. Bohr
Hans von Euler-Chelpin
Ulf von Euler
Arthur Kornberg
Roger D. Kornberg
Manne Siegbahn
Kai M. Siegbahn
J. J. Thomson
George Paget Thomson
Jan Tinbergen
Nikolaas Tinbergen