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Abstract Volume 6 Issue 6 (2001) pp 370-384

The Nobel Centennial 19012001

George B. Kauffman*

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034

Published online: 16 November 2001

Abstract. The year2001 marks the 100th anniversary of the awarding of the first Nobel Prizes. This article briefly discusses the life and work of Alfred Bernhard Nobel, his will that instituted the prizes, the Nobel statutes, controversial recipients, neglected chemists, criticisms of the prizes, and the Nobel Centennial Celebrations. The prizes in chemistry and the international nature of the awards are emphasized.

Key Words:  Chemistry and History; Nobel Prizes; biography; anniversaries; international relations; social aspects of science; sociology of science and technology

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: georgek@csufresno.edu)

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Issue date: December 7, 2001

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