Dec 23, 2011

Alfred Nobel

We all know about the various Nobel Prizes, but many do not know how they came about.  Each year on the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the prizes bearing his name are awarded “to those persons who shall have contributed most materially to the benefit of mankind during the year immediately preceding.”

Alfred Bernhard Nobel died in December 1896 and the first of the Nobel Prizes was presented in 1901 according to instructions in his will. Nobel chose this method to ease his conscience after inventing the deadly explosive, dynamite.