When I was at University studying biology I loved to ask my fellow students following question:“Would you prefer to be awarded with a Nobel Prize in one of the Science fields or with the Nobel Peace Prize?”
Most of them answered that they would prefer a Nobel Prize in Science. After all, they were Scientists to be. For them an award in science would be recognition for a real achievement and real hard work.
I, on the other hand, was not so sure. For me both, a Nobel Peace Prize as well as one for Science, meant to be incredibly useful and beneficial to people and having a positive influence on the world.
I’m just thinking aloud of course. I will – probably – never bee awarded with a Nobel Prize in Science or Peace! But why not dwell in the land of imagination for a while?
Who are these people being awarded with a Nobel Prize and what amazing things have they done?
On November 27, 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes! In 1901 the first 5 Noble Prizes were awarded for Peace, literature and the three sciences Physics, Chemistry and Medicine/Physiology.
Since then the Noble Prize nominations and final ceremonies are a yearly highlight and the reasons and achievements behind it are interesting and mostly fascinating.
Nobel Peace Prize
In 2014 The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”
They so deserved it! But they also went through many sufferings and hard times, even facing death.
Among the Nobel Peace Prize winners of the past were individuals like Mother Teresa, Albert Schweitzer, the 14th Dalai Lama, Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela as well as organizations like the European Union (EU), Médecins Sans Frontières, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations (with Kofi Anan).
Sometimes people all over the word agree with the choices, and sometimes people disagree and shake heads over the choices made!!!
Nobel Prizes in the Science fields
In 2014 the scientific Nobel Prizes were all awarded honoring amazing achievements which were of great benefit to mankind:
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 was awarded jointly to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”.
Amazingly, the movement of individual molecules inside living cells can be seen, e.g. how molecules create synapses between nerve cells in the brain.
The Nobel Prize for Medicine goes also in the direction of cells and the brain:
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 was divided, one half awarded to John O’Keefe, the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”.
The brain has always been a fascinating topic and of greatest interest to the world. After all, we humans all have a brain. We wonder how it works and sometimes we even wonder what it does for us and to us. Even the very first and very crucial studies about nerve cells and learning already led to a Nobel Prize how I described in my post How teasing a sea snail led to a Nobel Prize.
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”.
What they mean are the LED lights we all know and which are very popular because of their energy saving possibilities. They are simply more long-lasting and more efficient than older light sources. Well done! Great benefit to all of us!
Well, there is more fascinating Physics out there. Do you want to know what the universe is made of? Then you may want to read about last year’s Nobel Prize in Physics (awarded to Higgs and Englert) ‘What the Higgs!’
Nobel Prize in Literature
I couldn’t write without mentioning the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2014 was awarded to Patrick Modiano“for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”.
Like other writers awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature – just want to mention Alice Munro, Herta Müller and Orhan Pamuk – Modiano dwells on the more melancholic, depressed and dark side of the world. This makes me think if it would be possible for a positive optimistic world-loving author to be awarded at all?
Over to you! There exists in my world of imagination a Nobel Prize in ‘Engaged, Honest, and Impactful Blogging’. And I award it to you.
But I would also love to know which Nobel Prize would you honesty and deeply prefer to be awarded?