Nobel in Africa Initiative – Things you did not know…

The five videos below were recorded during my 2022 residence at STIAS  (Stellenbosch Institute For Advance Study) during the build up to the launch of the first Nobel in Africa Symposium on Physics. I was asked to share some history and fun facts about Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prize.

Nobel in Africa is a STIAS Initiative in partnership with Stellenbosch University, under the auspices of the Nobel Foundation and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences with funding from the Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Alfred Nobel died in December 10, 1896, as one of the richest men in Europe. With no descendants, he left the vast majority of his wealth to the creation of awards in Chemistry, Physics, Medicine or Physiology, Literature and Peace. He provided only one instruction for the Prizes. They should be awarded for achievements that have afforded the greatest benefit to mankind made by individuals of any nationality, creed or race. It was the first ever truly international prize of its kind lacking any boundaries. Nobel’s vision was one of a united humanity striving for knowledge, beauty and peace. Perhaps now, more than ever before, is this vision more prescient, more profound, more urgent. Nobel in Africa represents the first ever series of Nobel conferences held outside Alfred Nobel’s native land under the auspices of the Nobel Foundation. The fact that they are taking place in Africa and in STIAS is of momentous significance. There could hardly be a better way to honor Alfred Nobel’s vision and legacy.

Part 1 of 5 – Alfred Nobel’s will announcement: Russian Orlov horses in Karlskoga, surprise in his family

Part 2 of 5 – Science prizes and greatest benefit to mankind: discovery, invention, improvement

Part 3 of 5 – Bertha von Suttner’s 1876, wrong Le Figaro obituary, 1888, Peace Congress 1892, Peace Prize possible origins

Part 4 of 5 – The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel: not a Nobel Prize

Part 5 of 5 – A “posthumous” award to Ralph Steinman in 2011


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