The Nobel Prize The Story of Alfred Nobel and the Most Famous Prize in the World by Michael Worek
  

The Nobel Prize The Story of Alfred Nobel and the Most Famous Prize in the World

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The Nobel Prize The Story of Alfred Nobel and the Most Famous Prize in the World by Michael Worek

Alfred Nobel, born in Sweden in 1833, was a brilliant inventor and businessman. Although he held more than 300 patents when he died in 1896, he earned his extensive fortune and worldwide fame through his invention of dynamite and his work on armaments. He never married and was constantly on the move around Europe, visiting his manufacturing plants. His handwritten one-page last will and testament directed that the majority of his vast fortune be invested and the interest distributed to the most deserving individuals in the fields of medicine, chemistry, physics, literature and peace. Between 1901 and 2009, the five Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Science were awarded 537 times. This book tells the fascinating story of how a few simple instructions in Nobel's will were transformed into a huge philanthropic organization that holds a unique position in the modern world. The Nobel Prize covers: - The life and accomplishments of Alfred Nobel. - His will and the establishment of the Nobel Prize Committee. - How the Nobel laureates are selected. - The establishment of the new award in Economics in 1968. - Profiles of U.S. presidents and world leaders who have won the prize. - Lists of families and individuals who have won the prize. - Profiles on the lives and accomplishments of the most famous laureates. - The backgrounds of each of the six prizes: chemistry, physics, medicine, peace, literature and economics. The Nobel Prize brings to life the story of the world's most famous prize.

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In clear prose, author Michael Worek relates the story of Alfred Nobel and the genesis of the Nobel Prizes that were the result of Nobel's creativity, wealth, and desire to acknowledge those who contributed to humanity in the fields of science, literature, peace and economics....Young readers of this book will have a good overview of the individuals and the history of the Nobel Prize...The reader will be reminded of the joy of discovery, learning, and contributing to a greater good that the Prize recipients represent...The design of Worek's book has a crisp and contemporary feel to it. This gives a modern tone to the stories of the Prize winners of the past for the younger reader. A colourful chart at the back of the book gives a full rendering of all the Prize winners over time...Highly recommended.--J. Lynn Fraser Canadian Materials Reviews (10/01/2010)

About the Author

Michael Worek is an editor, publisher and author whose books include An American History Album, My Fellow Americans and Nobel: A Century of Prize Winners.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
80 pages

Author

Michael Worek
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Publisher

Firefly Books Ltd

Publication date

21st October 2010

ISBN

9781554077113

Publisher Profile

Firefly Books Ltd is an imprint of Firefly Press Ltd

logo Firefly Press is a new children's and YA publisher based in Wales that publishes quality fiction for 5-19 years olds.

Publisher's Website

www.fireflypress.co.uk


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