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November 27

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Nobel Prize

On this day in 1895, Alfred Nobel, a Swedish scientist who held 355 patents, signed his last will and testament, establishing the Nobel Prize. The will caused international controversy, and not until 1901 was the first Nobel Prize awarded.

Every year since 1901, the Nobel Prize has honored achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. In 1968, a prize for economic sciences was added in memory of Alfred Nobel.

Learn more about the prize, its history, and winners with these Science NetLinks resources:


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