Nobel Week: Paying Tribute to People who Change the World

1923 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to F.G. Banting. Photo courtesy of Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

1923 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to F.G. Banting.
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto
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Alfred Nobel invented dynamite and held over 350 US patents. In his final will, Nobel left instructions that his fortune be used for a yearly international Prize to people “who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind” in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace. Since 1901, the world has celebrated the awarding of the Nobel Prizes on or around December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.

Alfred Nobel recognized that a person’s legacy is more than their actions in this life: the good works that are performed in service of mankind affect the world during our lifetimes, and long after. In honor of Alfred Nobel, and in honor of the 2014 Nobel Prize winners, we take a moment today to celebrate the legacy and heritage of Alfred Nobel, previous Nobel Prize laureates, and the legacy of the Nobel Prize itself.

The recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize are:

Physics: Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura

Chemistry: Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell, and William E. Moerner

Physiology or Medicine: John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser, and Edvard I. Moser

Literature: Patrick Modiano

Peace: Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai

Everlasting Footprint Nobel Prize WInners

Congratulations and warm wishes to all 2014 laureates. They carry torches previously held by such inspirational leaders as Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Albert Einstein. Visit any of our digital tributes to learn more about the lives of these past Nobel Prize laureates.

We celebrate their lives and the world of tomorrow they help build.

Celebrate the lives of everyone who helps change the world, whether they have won a Nobel Prize or not, at Everlasting Footprint.

About Cortni Merritt

Managing Editor, Cortni Merritt, MA, reads everything she comes across. She has degrees in both psychology and English, and has been a composition instructor, and a copywriter for lawyers, a coordinator at a dating service, and a property manager of apartments. Cortni makes it her mission to read people's stories.

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