Nobel Prize season begins each October as committees in Sweden and Norway identify laureates in quite a lot of prizes within the sciences, literature and economics, in addition to peace work. The bulletins began final week with the awarding of the prize in Physiology or Medicine. They wrapped up on Monday, when the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel was introduced.
The Nobel Prizes most years are introduced to recipients in Stockholm and Oslo in December. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the committees are altering their approaches. Some of the occasions in Stockholm shall be canceled in favor of a digital ceremony for the Nobelists, and medals and diplomas are to be distributed to the recipients’ embassies and handed over of their dwelling international locations. Recipients could also be invited to the award ceremony for 2021, if doable.
The Oslo ceremony for the peace prize shall be smaller than in most years, with a restricted viewers.
The Nobel committee additionally introduced one other change final month: Each prize will rise to 10 million Swedish krona, 1 million greater than within the earlier yr. That’s a hike within the prize worth of about $112,000 in present change charges.
The 2020 Winners
Physiology or Medicine
Drs. Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice on Monday obtained the prize for his or her discovery of the hepatitis C virus. The Nobel committee said the three scientists had “made possible blood tests and new medicines that have saved millions of lives.”
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was jointly awarded on Wednesday to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for their work on the development of Crispr-Cas9, a method for genome editing.