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Laureates accept Nobel prizes in Stockholm

AFP/The Local · 10 Dec 2011, 19:17

Published: 10 Dec 2011 19:17 GMT+01:00

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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, yellow and orange flowers for the occasion.

The laureates and guests were clad in white tie and tails for men and evening gowns for women.

Notably absent was one of the three winners of the Nobel Medicine Prize, Ralph Steinman of Canada, who passed away just three days before the award was announced on October 3rd, unbeknownst to the Nobel committee.

While Nobel prizes are not awarded posthumously, the committee decided to maintain its decision to give him one half of the prestigious prize since it had not been aware of his death.

His wife Claudia Steinman accepted the honour on his behalf at Saturday's ceremony.

Bruce Beutler of the United States and Luxembourg-born Frenchman Jules Hoffmann shared the other half of the Medicine Prize, which this year honoured research on the immune system.

The Physics Prize was meanwhile awarded to Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess of the United States and US-Australian Brian Schmidt for their discovery that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating.

Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman received the chemistry Nobel for discovering quasicrystals, an atomic mosaic whose existence was initially ridiculed before fundamentally altering theories about solids.

This year's Literature Prize went to Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, whose works address themes of nature, everyday life and death.

Tranströmer, 80, suffered a stroke in 1990 which left his speech slurred, and he was in a wheelchair on Saturday.

Finally, US researchers Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims won the Economics Prize for research on the causal relationship between economic policy and different macroeconomic variables, such as GDP, inflation, employment and investments.

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The Nobel Prize consists of a gold medal, a diploma, and 10 million kronor ($1.48 million dollars), to be shared if there is more than one recipient.

The laureates were also to be honoured at a formal dinner banquet later in the evening attended by the royal family and some 1,400 specially-invited guests.

Earlier Saturday in Oslo, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her compatriot and "peace warrior" Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni "Arab Spring" activist Tawakkol Karman.

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02:09 December 11, 2011 by shahislam
As humanitarian west, if we do not have existence of or we do not allow funding for heinous crime perpetrating spy agencies, KGB, CIA-type old barbarian style official killing agents when making our new foreign policies; only then, these Indian, Pakistani, Iranian dumb heads will find themselves in a situation to feel too stupid to think about making nuclear bombs or engage into blood-shedding wars etc. against each other.

Our old leaders inside Western Governments too were as negative minded as the above mentioned ones. New positive minded guys like some Readers here, Obama, even myself, are capable of fighting wars against negative minded old regimes without war machines, Drones, bomb type weapons etc. but by usage of monetary tools and generating public awareness of the Power of Positivity in the new world politics.

10:38 December 11, 2011 by senlac
..and this has what to do with the Nobel Prize?
16:01 December 11, 2011 by gabeltoon
Am i missing something .??? I can't understand the first comment.
23:35 December 13, 2011 by salalah
@Shahislam: ....Que????
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