Nobel Prize week opens with medicine award announcement


The annual announcements of Nobel Prize winners starts Monday with the award for medicine.

The announcement, which takes place at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, is due earliest at 11:30 am (0930 GMT).

The recipients of prizes in the fields of physics, chemistry, peace and economics will also be announced in the coming week. The Swedish Academy has yet to announce a date for the literature prize.

With the exception of economics, the prizes were endowed by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel (1833-96), the inventor of dynamite.

This year the prizes are worth 8 million kronor (956,000 dollars).

In line with tradition, the awards are presented to recipients on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel’s death.