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December 2001

The Nobel Prize

Nobel Medal

December 10, 2001 is the hundredth anniversary of the awarding of the first Nobel Prizes. The prizes were established by a bequest from Alfred Nobel, the Swedish chemist who invented dynamite. He intended them to honor people who made significant contributions to the good of humankind.

Over the years, the prizes have been awarded to many extraordinary and fascinating people for their achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace, and economics. Explore their lives and works with this selection of materials available from the library.

The Nobel Prize in the sciences has often been supported by the U.S. Government, which is reflected in the government documents collection.

If you're looking for some background information about the awards, we've assembled a list of books in our collection that should be helpful. And of course, the official Nobel Prize website is a terrific source of information about Alfred Nobel and the Laureates.