• Sweden edition
 
Pomp aplenty as winners gather for Nobel gala

Pomp aplenty as winners gather for Nobel gala

Published: 10 Dec 2009 19:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 10 Dec 2009 19:35 GMT+01:00

Nobel season reaches its pinnacle on Thursday evening as the 2009 laureates receive their awards from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and dignitaries gather for the banquet of the year at City Hall in Stockholm.

The laureates in literature, economics, medicine, physics and chemistry received their prizes at a gala ceremony. The formal event, held as tradition dictates on the anniversary of the death of prize founder Alfred Nobel in 1896, took place at Stockholm's Concert Hall which was decked out in white and green flowers for the occasion.

The laureates, royal family and specially-invited guests were clad in white tie dress for men and evening gowns for women.

A record five women were awarded Nobels this year -- nearly one-eighth of the 41 awards to female recipients in the 108-year history of the prize.

Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller won the Nobel Literature Prize for her work inspired by her life under Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship in Romania.

Australian-American Elizabeth Blackburn and US researcher Carol Greider shared the Medicine Prize with Jack Szostak of the United States for research into cellular ageing.

Israel's Ada Yonath shared the Chemistry Prize with Indian-born Ramakrishnan Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and US scientist Thomas Steitz for work on the ribosome, a cellular machine that makes proteins.

And in a major breakthrough, Elinor Ostrom of the US won the Economics Prize -- the first time a woman has won in that field -- together with Oliver Williamson, another US national, for their separate research on fighting waste in organisations.

The Physics Prize was swept however by men: Hong-Kong based scientist Charles Kao, Canadian-US research Willard Boyle and George Smith of the US were honoured for work on fibre optics and light sensing that helped unleash the Information Technology revolution.

The Nobel prize consists of a gold medal, a diploma, and 10 million kronor ($1.4 million) per discipline, to be shared if there is more than one recipient.

The Stockholm ceremony was to be followed by a gala banquet and ball for some 1,300 invited guests.

Earlier on Thursday, US President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize at a separate ceremony in Oslo.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

00:37 December 11, 2009 by dizzymoe33
I am from the U.S. and I am disappointed that President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize he has done nothing for peace.

I am happy for the other Nobel Peace Prize winners. I think it is fantastic.
03:10 December 11, 2009 by Davey-jo
I'm just a tad confused. The BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8405033.stm) says the ceremony was in Oslo but this says it was in Stockholm. Are there parallel universes?

I'm not that bothered either way; Nobel means nothing but blood to me.
04:14 December 11, 2009 by Veronika Larsson
Hej Davey-jo!

It is a bit confusing.

The Peace Prize is handed out in Oslo, Norway.

The other Nobel Prizes are handed out in Stockholm.

As an economics student, I am very happy to see a woman as co-winner of this year's Nobel Prize in economics! Gives me hope for my own future!
09:15 December 11, 2009 by daily_reader
i would rather say it was simply fantastic, the award winners must be appreciated, rather than distributing so called peace prize to 'killing peace holder' mr. obama.
13:05 December 11, 2009 by NickM
I agree with the editorial written by The Local editor Paul OMahoney on this.

There was something ridiculously lavish about this event for privileged royal, political and intellectual elites. In a time when Sweden's economy is screaming, a far more modest ceremony would have been both more considerate and tasteful.

The Nobel committee has lost a great deal of credibility by awarding it's top prize to Obama and this only makes them look worse.

http://thisisweden.wordpress.com/
14:18 December 11, 2009 by MichaelZWilliamson
NickM: It's a different committee that awards the Peace Prize.

The Peace Prize committee is in Norway, and doesn't discriminate based on race, gender, religion or even ability or competence.
18:27 December 11, 2009 by NickM
Thanks Michael - I didn't mean to confuse the two!
19:00 December 11, 2009 by lingonberrie
Yes, the Peace Prize committee is in Norway, but Obama still received a Nobel Prize and for those who do not care to split fine hairs, the provenance matters little.

I heard his speech spinning the "necessary" wars ballad written by the United States, and the fact that this phony has a Nobel forever decreases the value of the Nobel Prize.
00:41 December 12, 2009 by NickM
I just watched a rerun of the speech too.

You can see how people fall for Obama. He speaks with intelligence, compassion and a grounding in the realities of politics unlike Bush who no one could take seriously. However, you don't judge a man on his words - you judge him on his actions which in todays marketing/PR dominated society is all too easily forgotten.

I'm sure many of the Nazis were nice people too. But their actions were monstrous because the system they were working in was monstrous. Obama faces similar restrictions and compromises in the monster that is neo-liberal capitalism that mean whatever comes out of his mouth is unfortunately meaningless, however wonderful and compelling he sounds.

At the end of the day, he represents business interests and it would take a man of unbelievable moral fiber - and a groundswell of public to support him - to fight against that. I don't think Obama is that man.
02:58 December 12, 2009 by Davey-jo
Hej Veronika Larsson

If you don't get the prize for economics you should get the prize for politeness. If I'd read to the last paragraph all would have been clear but you were too polite to say what an idiot I'd been! Good luck in your chosen career.
12:02 December 12, 2009 by barryberry
As a Chinese in Hong Kong, I'm glad Mr Charles Kao got a Nobel Prize in Physics! His achievement indeed affects everyone all over the world! Without him, we don't have internet and we can't comment here! But sadly Kao suffered from Alzhimer's disease. It's really a pity for him to wait for the prize over 40 years! Some people even said it's a belated prize.

But it's better to be late than never. This prize is not only a recognition for Kao's far-reaching invention, but also for Chinese people's status in the world!
Today's headlines
Sponsored Article
On the move: Sweden's shifting mobility trends
House keys: Shutterstock.

On the move: Sweden's shifting mobility trends

Finding somewhere to live when you move to Sweden is a challenge. With changes afoot The Local caught up with an expert from letting agency Residensportalen to find out in what direction the market is going, and how Google Glasses may just help you find your dream home. READ () »

The Local List
Ten most disgusting Swedish foods
Salty liquorice, anyone? Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Ten most disgusting Swedish foods

Swedish food is, of course, a matter of taste. But it's mostly disgusting. Our loyal followers on Twitter and Facebook shared what they thought were the worst of them all. READ () »

Sweden wants cruise missiles 'for defence'
Defence Minister Karin Enström. File photo: TT

Sweden wants cruise missiles 'for defence'

The Swedish government has announced plans to beef up its defence forces by fitting its fleet of Gripen fighter jets with long-range cruise missiles. READ () »

Swede of the Week
Sweden's oldest would-be MP: 'They promised I wouldn't get in'
Swedes vote in the 2010 elections. File photo: Dan Hansson/TT

Sweden's oldest would-be MP: 'They promised I wouldn't get in'

Gösta Arvedson, 89, is the oldest Riksdag candidate in Sweden, but our Swede of the Week explains that the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) had to make some unusual promises for him to put his name forward. READ () »

Elections 2014
Most Swedes lack info ahead of EU vote
The Green Party is one of only two parties devoting their websites to the EU elections. Here campaign manager Emma Rung presents the party's posters. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

Most Swedes lack info ahead of EU vote

The majority of Swedes feel the country's political parties are not doing enough to inform them about the upcoming European Parliament elections. Only two of the eight parties have dedicated their homepages to the May 25th polls. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping Brawl
Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders
Swedish police on the scene following Monday's fatal brawl. File: TT

Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders

The Syrian-Orthodox Church in Ektorp had tried to quell tensions between two rival families just hours before bad blood spilled into a massive brawl and two brothers lost their lives. READ () »

JobTalk Sweden
'Foreigners don't need to show banks Swedish ID'
The bridge that connects Sweden to the European continent. File: L.E. Daniel Larsson/Flickr

'Foreigners don't need to show banks Swedish ID'

The Swedish agency that helps Europeans fight impediments to the EU principle of free movement has revealed an increase in complaints, including one from a foreign citizen unable to open a bank account in Sweden. READ () »

Eurovision 2014
Pig heart shatters in Sweden's Eurovision clip
Sanna Nielsen in the new clip. Photo: YouTube (screenshot)

Pig heart shatters in Sweden's Eurovision clip

Sweden's Eurovision hopeful Sanna Nielsen released the official video for the song Undo on Wednesday, a clip featuring leather, slow motion destruction, and a frozen pig's heart and some violence. READ () »

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds
Swedish apartments. File: The Local

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds

A Swedish landlord suspects that a property fixer has set up a software robot to sign up for new flats on the market within seconds, and is charging house hunters to use the service. READ () »

Swedish zoo fire 'kills only the spiders'
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Swedish zoo fire 'kills only the spiders'

Twenty-five fire fighters were on hand on Wednesday night when a fire broke out in a southern Sweden animal park. The vast majority of the animals were unharmed, but the cluster of spiders wasn't so lucky. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Shutterstock
Sponsored Article
On the move: Sweden's shifting mobility trends
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 23
TT
Gallery
Inside the 850-year-old king's coffin
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Advertisement:
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

720
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com