1. What was the nationality of Alfred Nobel?
2. Why is the date November 27, 1895 important in the history of the prizes?
3. As all know, Mahatma Gandhi never became a Laureate. But in which years was the great Indian nominated?
4. Why are the recipients officially called a Nobel Laureate and not a Nobel Prize Winner?
5. What is so special about the Laureates Dag Hammarskjöld and Erik Axel Karlfeldt?
6. How many organisations have received the Nobel Peace Prize and which among those has won it an unprecedented three times?
7. Name the only siblings to have got the prestigious prize, one in Economic sciences and the other in Medicine.
8. Elinor Ostrom, a 2009 Laureate, is the first woman to get this award. Name it.
9. In which Tamil Nadu town was Venkatraman Ramakrishnan born?
10. What is the contribution of Erik Lindberg, Gustav Vigeland and Gunvor Svensson-Lundqvist to the history of the Nobel Prizes?
11. What is the prize amount for 2009 per full Nobel Prize?
12. At which specific locations are the prizes given away?
13. If Barack Obama is the latest U.S. President to become a Nobel Laureate, who was the first?
14. How many Laureates can each category have in a year?
15. What ‘dubious’ first did Richard Kuhn, the 1938 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, achieve?
1.He was Swedish
2.On that date, Nobel signed his last will and testament giving the largest share of his fortune for the prizes that bear his name (barring Economic sciences)
3.Five (1937, 1938, 1939, 1947 and 1948)
4 .According to the Nobel Foundation, “the awarding of the Nobel Prizes is not a competition or lottery, and therefore there are no winners or losers”
5.They have been the only two posthumous recipients
6.20 individual organisations with the Comité International de la Croix Rouge (Red Cross) winning in 1917, 1944 and 1963
7.The Tinbergens, Jan and Nikolaas
8.Win the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences
10.They designed the various medals
11.Swedish kronor (SEK) 10 million
12.All prizes except the Peace Prize are given away at the Stockholm Concert Hall, while Peace Prize is presented on the same day at the Oslo City Hall
13.Theodore Roosevelt in 1906
14.Maximum of three
15.He was the first to decline the Prize.
Courtesy: V V Ramanan, The Hindu