Alfred Nobel

The Nobel Prize

Today is the birthday of the Swede Alfred Nobel, who was born on this day in 1833.

Gardeners are often surprised to learn that Nobel was a descendant of the botanist Olof Rudbeck.
Nobel believed in peace and the goodness of humanity. At the same time, he recognized the destructive power of his scientific inventions. After Alfred's brother died, a newspaper accidentally published the obituary under Alfred's name. The experience was a defining moment for Nobel. He decided to craft a legacy of peace and made arrangements in his will to create the Nobel Prizes in Science, Literature, and Peace. The Nobel Prize ceremony is held every year on December 10th on the anniversary of his death.


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