Nobel Prize

A set of annual international awards established by Swedish dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel in 1895. The Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and for peace since 1901. Each prize consists of a medal, personal diploma, and a cash award worth of approximately HK$9.25 million as of 2012.  

China insists Nobel chairman's demotion won't warm Norway ties

Thorbjoern Jagland (left) awards US President Barack Obama with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Jagland has been demoted from the awards-giving committee. Photo: AFP

Norway’s Nobel Peace Prize committee demoted its controversial chairman, in a move unprecedented in the long history of the award.

Thursday, 5 March, 2015, 7:50am

Nobel prize winner tops his own idea with newer, better microscope

Eric Betzig came up with his Nobel-winning microscope (Palm) after becoming frustrated with the limitations of other microscope technologies.

Earlier this month Eric Betzig shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on high-resolution microscopes - specifically the one he designed and built on a friend's living room floor.

25 Oct 2014 - 4:44am

The patron saint of regulators

French economist Jean Tirole won this year's Nobel prize for economics. Photo: Reuters

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16 Oct 2014 - 9:17am

Peace prize an inspiring choice

Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi (left) and Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.

The Norwegian Nobel committee is often criticised for putting politics and celebrity ahead of causes in its annual selection of its peace prize receipient.

14 Oct 2014 - 3:33pm

Frenchman Jean Tirole wins Nobel Prize for economics

Nobel winning French economist Jean Tirole. Photo: AFP

French economist Jean Tirole has won this year's Nobel Prize for economics for his analysis of big companies, market power and regulation.

14 Oct 2014 - 4:23am

Nobel Prize for Peace sends a message to old rivals India and Pakistan

Indian villagers prepare a bunker amid fighting in Kashmir.

Despite their many differences, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi will be forever linked - co-winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, honoured for risking their lives for the rights of children to education and to lives free of abuse.

12 Oct 2014 - 12:59pm

Elusive Nobel for science should inspire research, not frustration

Japanese scientists Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention of blue light-emitting diodes.

Despite the national frenzy in 2012 over China's first winner of the Nobel literature prize, Mo Yan, a sense of frustration is apparent after four Chinese-American candidates were unsuccessful in this year's three Nobel science prizes.

12 Oct 2014 - 4:14am

How the quest for blue LEDs put white in a new light

Nobel laureates Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano. Photo: AP

This year's Nobel Prize in Physics was for practical achievements, by three Japanese-born men: Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura. Each played a seminal role in the invention of blue light-emitting diodes.

12 Oct 2014 - 4:02am

Malala of Pakistan, Satyarthi of India win Nobel Peace Prize

Malala of Pakistan, Satyarthi of India win Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and India's Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday for risking their lives to fight for children's rights.

11 Oct 2014 - 4:33am 6 comments

Nobel Prize for literature awarded to French writer Patrick Modiano

Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano rarely gives interviews.

France's Patrick Modiano, whose work focuses on the Nazi occupation and its effect on his country, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for literature last night.

10 Oct 2014 - 3:38am

Nobel Peace Prize has no clear winner

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, Pope Francis and Edward Snowden. Photos: AFP, EPA

In a world racked by war, the search for a worthy Nobel Peace Prize laureate presents a daunting challenge. Where on the planet can a person or organisation be found to have alleviated the bloodshed and cruelty that have afflicted humankind?

10 Oct 2014 - 4:45am 1 comment

Trio who helped bring microscopes into a new dimension are awarded Nobel Prize for chemistry

Eric Betzig, William Moerner and Stefan Hell, working independently, took optical microscopy into a new dimension. Photos: EPA, AP

Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for breakthroughs that enabled microscopes to see more finely than once thought possible.

9 Oct 2014 - 6:39am

Bright idea for saving energy wins trio Nobel Prize for Physics

Japanese newspapers report the Nobel Prize award to Isamu Akasaki (left), Hiroshi Amano (centre) and Shuji Nakamura. Photo: Kyodo

A visiting professor at Hong Kong's University of Science and Technology and two Japanese scientists won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics for inventing a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source.

8 Oct 2014 - 2:47am 1 comment

Discovery of brain's 'inner GPS' earns trio Nobel Prize for medicine

Norwegian scientists May-Britt and Edvard Moser. Photo: AFP

US-British scientist John O'Keefe and Norwegian scientists May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser won the Nobel Prize for medicine yesterday for discovering the "inner GPS" in the brain that helps us navigate through the world.

7 Oct 2014 - 4:40am

Scientists will die waiting for a Nobel unless committee acts faster, critics say

Ralph Steinman died three days before being awarded the Nobel Prize.

Awarding Nobels decades after the original scientific discovery could lead to the prize becoming irrelevant, some observers say, as ageing researchers miss out on their turn to get the long-awaited call from Sweden.

6 Oct 2014 - 4:34am