RU  UK  EN
Статьи  >  Enjoy  >  Back side of Swedish solemnity

Back side of Swedish solemnity

Автор: 23.10.2014 | science, history, personalities
October is a season not only for scarves, mulled wine and mellow autumn, but for announcement of Nobel laureates. The world usually keeps a close watch on this event, yet often public sees only the "glossy" side of the coin. Outlook dived deeper and found out about curiosities and scandals that have escorted the prestigious award for more than a hundred years.

See also: Great Refusal Theory


Let’s begin with some statistics. According to it the average age of prize recipients is 59 years. They likely were born either in spring or winter. The most "popular" birthdays are May 21 and February 28. If we talk about nationality, the Americans are awarded most often: 43% of all the winners come from there, they are followed by the Germans and the British. With regard to the Germany natives, during the Nazi era, prominent people of this country were banned from taking prizes from the committee. At present in addition to the glory, the lucky ones get about a million dollars and 200-gram gold medal with a portrait of a patron gunsmith.

Hitler the Peacemaker

One of the main contenders for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1939 was no one else but the Fuhrer. The most striking is that his chances rocketed up after split of Czechoslovakia the previous year. Both German and Western media referred to the Munich Agreement, signed by Hitler along with leaders of democratic countries, as "peace-making"… It is said that only after the invasion of Poland, that was the beginning of the World War II, a failed artist was removed from the list of candidates. Today this story sounds nonsense, but so it seems only at first glance, in 1938 the most influential Time magazine chose the said pacifist as the man of the year.

Cut-throat writer

Not only the Peace nomination lists ambiguous individuals. In 2000 a little-known outside the United States writer Stanley "Tookie" Williams was nominated for the award in Literature. He began his writing in prison, after he murdered four people to rob them. Waiting for sentence, the criminal wrote several children's books about street violence and became a real star in California. "Tookie" was a contender for several years, right up to the point in 2005 when the governor of the state Schwarzenegger rejected his petition and signed an order for execution. By the way, despite the fact that the Swedish gold medal did not come to Williams, in homeland the author received several awards including the President's Award.

He laughs best who laughs last

There are also a bunch of funny stories associated with the cherished reward. A native of the USSR, whom Elizabeth II conferred the "Sir" title, Andre Geim became famous in 2000 after he was awarded with t Ig Nobel Prize. This dubious award found him for flying frog from the experiment with a diamagnetic levitation. It seems that the scientist did not pay any attention to the joke and went on to study physics. In 2010 he shared the Nobel with Konstantin Novoselov for discovery of new material graphene. Thus, Geim is the only person in history who won two awards

Some more fun facts for the dessert

The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony is unthinkable without the solemn reception and banquet with the king of Sweden. It takes place in the Golden Hall of the Stockholm City Hall. And there is also a restaurant where everyone in any season can order dishes from the latest Nobel Banquet menu. It costs about $ 200 per person.

The youngest-ever winner is the 25-year-old physicist William Bragg in 1915. And the most senior laureate was Leonid Hurwicz who received his medal and a million at age of 90.

Some scientists were lucky enough to win the award twice, among them is Maria Skłodowska-Curie. Three prizes went to the organization the Committee of the Red Cross.

Contrary to popular belief, Albert Einstein was bestowed not for the formulation of the theory of relativity, but for the explanation of the photoelectric effect.

In 2010 the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was not aware that he was honoured in Peace nomination, as he was in prison and had no communication with the outer world. The writer Günter Grass was caught with joyful news by surprise at the dentist’s.

Вам это будет интересно:
VIDEO: the mystery in the South of France - Chauvet cave
In 1994, a cave was discovered in the mountains in the south of France, inside which there were more than a thousand rock carvings dating back to the 34th century BC. According to experts, these are traces of the first civilization in Europe. The excellent quality of the preserved drawings of the cave is due to the fact that, as a result of the collapse of stones...
Underground Brilliance of the Empire: Budapest Metro
After having spent merely an hour for a flight from Kyiv, I suddenly realized I reached the city where continental Europe’s oldest subway is situated. And things that Budapest underground is famous for are not limited to this. OUTLOOK sets on a trip around metropolitan of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Want to go down?
Departure: Balchik
If you like having rest in Bulgaria but haven’t picked a town to stay in, try and do it in Balchik. It will suit those who value cozy yet non-costly trips without a flow of holiday-makers and an empty pocket afterwards. And the town’s ancient age together with unique landmarks will create a great alternative to sun and sea bathes.
Not only a tower is a symbol. The best works of Gustav Eiffel
The word is, Guy de Maupassant hated Eiffel Tower. The famous writer believed that it was uglifying the face of Paris without benefiting the city. Nevertheless, he could be often seen in a cozy cafe on the top of the construction. In such cases the author of “Bel Ami” used to say that “it was the only way the damned tower dropped out of his sight…”
Silk Road: Tajik Style
Merely on hearing “Silk Road” we picture valiant wanderers and caravans full of precious items and exotic articles that cross countries and continents. Today we tell about Tajik cities that acted as major transfer points on this trading artery.
Stroll Around Dungeons of Europe: Paris, Berlin, Prague
Sauntering through picturesque nooks of Grand Dame Europe we look around without even suspecting how many interesting things there are beneath our feet. If you are annoyed with standard tours that include marathon race around museums and monuments, we suggest you have a look at good Old World from a different perspective. Or more specifically, look under its feet.
Sculpture of the Vatican: history and philosophy
"A small territory with a great mission" is the motto under which on February 11, 1929 Lateran Treaty between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See recognized Vatican as a sovereign territory. It was an agreement which opened doors for curious patrons who for centuries had been trading gossip about "What is kept inside Vatican castles?".
Where stars are “set glowing”
There’s hardly anything that compares to bright-starred sky and silence. It is the stars that OUTLOOK want to tell you about or more precisely about the places with the best view on them. In Europe it is recommended to go stargazing not to some place but to… Slovenia. Point is, this small country is one of the cleanest in the world and consequently isn’t that polluted with smog.
The magnificent world of land-art: Patrick Dougherty
Land-art is not simply the landscape design but also the whole direction in art which in thee 21-st century considered one of the most important when only lazy people do not speak about the ‘green technologies’ and environment. The names of stars of such an activity have sturdily come into the speech of the tutors, critics, and connoisseurs, especially they outline Patrick Dougherti.
I came, I saw, I built. Masterpieces of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini
Sometimes it happens that you look at a postcard with a picture of a city and instantly realize that this is Kyiv, or Moscow, or Rome or your native village. And it isn’t courtesy of your geography teacher but back-breaking efforts of artisans with whose hands commonly familiar architecture masterpieces were created. Today we recall Italian conqueror of marble Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Don’t break the tongue: The hardest languages in the world
It is said, the easier it is, the better we feel, however, is it always like that? We know that not all the nations follow this principle. OUTLOOK has found out the strangest, toughest and hard in articulation international languages and would like to share it with the readers.
Flowers in Ukrainian Style. Kateryna Bilokur
Today marks 120 years since the birth of the famous Ukrainian artist - Kateryna Bilokur. Her talent has been recognized in her lifetime, her work has been admired by Pablo Picasso, and nowadays her paintings are exhibited in museums, and Google dedicates its doodle to her. And it all started in totalitarian times...
Yummy fingers: What awaits you behind scenes of the world best kitchens
Can you remember the most unusual dish that you had ever a chance to try? You decide what kind of food it was: something exotic; those insects that we can hardly imagine as an ingredient; strange drink with a bitter taste; an unexpected combination of bitter and sour... Everyone has his or her own unforgettable experience in this regard.
Pablo Picasso: Poet for his era
About Picasso as a distinctive artist, graphic artist and sculptor, we know to some extent everything. Meanwhile, his other incarnations are pushed into the background. Ilya Ehrenburgh once very concisely described Pablo Picasso’s relations with his era: “20th century found in him its own dynamite expert, its own philosopher and its own poet”.
Le Grand Louvre
First exhibition of paintings in the world’s most visited museum the Louvre was opened on 1793. But its building was well-known far beyond France, though the edifice was not used with such lofty cultural purposes.
Peacekeeping Is Power: United Nations Day
United Nations Organization was created in order to cease global violence, protect human rights and eradicate poverty. On October, 24, 1945 founding states ratified the treaty on creation of global body that acquired the name the UN.
VIDEO: Majestic heritage of Uzbekistan
OUTLOOK was lucky enough to visit the hospitable country Uzbekistan and today we will tell about a unique place - the Mausoleum of the prominent military leader and political figure of Amir Temur.
Masada Fortress: the last stronghold
"One, who lives in the house on the fringe, is the first to protect his people", this Ukrainian proverb fits the history of the Israeli people, but instead of "house" it shall be "fortress". When the Romans attacked, Jerusalem residents fought the Romans with inhuman valour "back to back" till enemy legions pushed them to the last stand.
A jewelry approach to perfection
Behind the window sad eyes of old man peered at Petrograd engulfed by revolutionary fire. This fire spread on his life's work: a proud four-story building was invaded by noisy commissioners and sailors, whose presence seemed a cruel joke after regular customers. Workshop owner Carl Gustavovich Fabergé, apparently, noticed in this chaos approaching decay of his career. However, he could have a secret gleam of hope for another life of his heritage.
Pompeii: Life under ashes
Human history remembers Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki. The list goes on and it includes Pompeii where residents turned into stoned monuments against their will. Located near modern Naples, the city with views of Mount Vesuvius was one of the most developed cities not only in the Roman Empire, but also in Europe. Once thriving community it flourished in many spheres: painting...
Закрыть
Outlook facebook page