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Nobel prize announcements next week

October 4, 2014

It is that time of the year again.

Alfred Nobel at his desk (photo kkp)

“Alfred Nobel” at his desk (photo kkp)

2014 Nobel Prize Announcements

Physiology or Medicine:
Monday 6 October, 11:30 a.m. CET at the earliest

Physics:
Tuesday 7 October, 11:45 a.m. CET at the earliest

Chemistry:
Wednesday 8 October, 11:45 a.m. CET at the earliest

Peace:
Friday 10 October, 11:00 a.m. CET

Economic Sciences:
Monday 13 October, 1:00 p.m. CET at the earliest

Literature:
The date will be set later

I only learned the story behind how the Nobel prizes came into being this summer – on a visit to Björkborn Manor in Karlskoga.

How Sohlman and 3 white Russian stallions ensured the establishment of the Nobel prizes

The Thomson-Reuters Nobel predictions are here.

How Sohlman and 3 white Russian stallions ensured the establishment of the Nobel prizes

May 15, 2014
Björkborn Manor (photo kkp)

Björkborn Manor (photo k2p)

Yesterday we visited the Nobel Museum at the Björkborn Manor and Estate in Karlskoga. Björkborn was Alfred Nobel’s last “residence” but he never really lived in it except as a sort of guest house. In fact he died at his villa in Italy. But Björkborn was critical in ensuring that the Nobel prizes even exist at all.  A visit I would now strongly recommend to any visitor to Sweden. For me personally it was memorable on many levels, but primarily for teaching me so much new and in such a dramatic fashion. Till this visit, I knew very little about Alfred Nobel’s last will and testament and what a close run thing it was that it was ever implemented.

This quite remarkable, but little known, story of Ragnar Sohlman and the 3 white Russian stallions which ensured that Nobel’s will could be followed and that the Nobel Foundation and its 5 prizes could be established was something quite new for me. Ragnar Sohlman who, at the age of 26 spent five years against formidable opposition in at least 3 countries to establish the Nobel prizes in accordance with Nobel’s wishes, is the real unsung hero of the creation of the brand equity which is today the hallmark of the Nobel prizes.

But more of Ragnar Sohlman later.

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