Awarded for remarkable work in the fields of physics, literature, chemistry, medicine, peace and economics, Noble Prize Laureates receive global recognition for their visionary efforts.
Behind this famed award is Alfred Nobel, an inventor, entrepreneur, scientist and businessman who also wrote poetry and drama.
In 1895, Alfred wrote his last will, leaving the majority of his wealth to the establishment of the prize.
“All of my remaining realisable assets are to be disbursed as follows: the capital, converted to safe securities by my executors, is to constitute a fund, the interest on which is to be distributed annually as prizes to those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind,” he wrote.
“The interest is to be divided into five equal parts and distributed as follows: one part to the person who made the most important discovery or invention in the field of physics; one part to the person who made the most important chemical discovery or improvement; one part to the person who made the most important discovery within the domain of physiology or medicine; one part to the person who, in the field of literature, produced the most outstanding work in an idealistic direction; and one part to the person who has done the most or best to advance fellowship among nations,” Alfred wrote.
Accumulating notoriety over the decades, the prize is an emblem of utmost achievement and academic splendour.
Here are a few famous recipients that have earned this coveted title – but where did they go to uni?
Time to find out…