The Chemical Educator

, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp 370–384 | Cite as

The Nobel Centennial 1901–2001

  • George B. KauffmanEmail author
Chemistry and History


The year 2001 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.


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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryCalifornia State UniversityFresno, Fresno

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