Who Are This Year’s Nobel Prize Winners in Stockholm & Oslo?

The Swedish Royal family put on a glittery and bedazzling display yesterday as they hosted the annual Nobel Prize Award ceremony in Stockholm, the Swedish capital. King Carl XVI Gustaf was joined by Queen Silvia, their three children, their partners, and their grand children to commemorate those who have excelled in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and economics in the past year. Of course, as with every Nobel Prize award ceremony, the illustrious Nobel Peace Prize winner was announced and awarded from Oslo, Norway, to give them a part in this most wonderful of awards ceremonies as well.

Contrary to the liberal millennial thought process of presumed “delusions of grandeur” that the Nobel Peace Prize would somehow be awarded to the “religion of peace” in Islam, it was instead rightfully awarded to ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) ”for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”.

Beatrice Fihn collects the award on behalf of ICAN for the Nobel Peace Prize last night. Credit: AP

Other award winners on the night include the following:

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017, went to American physicist Rainer Weiss, shared with physicist Barry Barish and Kip S. Thorne for “decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017,  went to Swiss biophysicist Jacques Dubochet, German born American biophysicist Joachim Frank, and Scottish molecular biologist and biophysicist Richard Henderson, for “developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution”.

Kazuo Ishiguro picked up the Nobel Prize for Literature 2017. Credit: Quartz

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017, went to American chronobiologist Jeffrey C. Hall, American geneticist and logist, Michael Rosbash, and American geneticist Michael W. Young for “their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm”.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 went to novelist, screenwriter and short story writer from Japan, Kazuo Ishiguro, “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.

Lastly, the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economics in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2017 went to Richard H. Thaler for his “contributions to behavioural economics”.

King Carl Gustaf XVI, Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria were all in attendance. Credit: GettyImages

So there you have it! Worthy winners all around for their contributions to the world over the year of 2017, leaving us all looking forward to the up and coming awards season in Hollywood next year, albeit for majorly different reasons than the Nobel Prize ceremony.

Indeed, the Hollywood Award season should be an interesting one next year, even though it’s going to be a totally different league of awards as well as atmosphere from previous years…


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