What to Know About the 2021 Nobel Prizes

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The announcement of the Nobel Prizes will begin on Monday.

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Nobel prize season is upon us once again. Each October, committees in Sweden and Norway nominate for various prizes in science, literature and economics as well as peace work. In total, six prizes will be awarded.


Like everything, Nobel is adjusting to the pandemic. Last year, some events were canceled in favor of a digital ceremony for the winners. The Oslo ceremony for the Peace Prize was smaller than in most years with limited audiences.

This year’s festivities will be a mix of digital and physical events. The organization said the awardees would receive Nobel Prize medals and diplomas in their country in December.

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Here’s a quick guide to this year’s awards.

Six Nobel Prizes are awarded each year, each in recognition of an individual or organization’s unprecedented contribution to a specific field. Awards are given for physiology or medicine, physics, chemistry, economic science, literature and peace work, which often receive the most attention due to the potential of the nominees and groups.

There are 329 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize this year, Nobel committee said. Here’s how those enrollments work.

Former Nobel Peace Prize laureates include Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai (2014), former President Barack Obama (2009), Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk (1993), the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (1989) and Mother Teresa (1979).

An award will be announced each day from October 4 to October 8 and again on October 11 between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Announcements are made in Stockholm and Oslo, and will be streamed live Official digital channel of the Nobel Prize.

award for physiology or medicine Will be announced on Monday, October 4.

award for Physics Will be announced on Tuesday, October 5.

award for chemistry Will be announced on Wednesday, October 6.

award for Literature Will be announced on Thursday, October 7.

award for peace work Will be announced on Friday, October 8.

award for economic science Will be announced on Monday, October 11.

Nobel laureates will receive a Nobel Prize Diploma, a Nobel Prize Medal and a document detailing the Nobel Prize money, which increased last year to 10 million Swedish krona, or about $1.1 million at current exchange rates.

Last year’s winners included scientists from the World Food Program for their work on the development of Crisp-Cas9, a method for genome editing, for efforts to combat a rise in global hunger amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Check out the full list of 2020 winners here.

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