The Nobel Peace Prize and the Prizes for Literature, Science and Economics will be announced next October. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said, recently, that there are 329 candidates this year, including 234 people and 95 organizations. The number of nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize was the third highest since 1901.
Well-known candidates include Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, members of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, former US President Donald Trump, imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, and Svetlana Tikhanovskaya from Belarus, a democracy activist whom the opposition considers the real winner in the country’s presidential election.
The World Health Organization was one of the international organizations, whose name was mentioned for its role in coordinating the response against the Coronavirus pandemic. The World Food Program received the 2020 Peace Prize.
Organizers said the Nobel Prize for Medicine opens the annual award announcements on October 4. On the following day, the physics prize will be announced, followed by chemistry on the sixth of the same month.
The Nobel Prize for Literature is scheduled to be awarded on October 7th. And in 2020, the Swedish Academy chose American poet Louise Gluck for the award. The prize for economics is due to be announced a few days later, on October 11th.
With the exception of economics, prizes are awarded by the Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite. Prizes are traditionally presented on December 10 in Stockholm and Oslo, on the anniversary of Nobel’s death.
Announcements and celebrations for 2020 have been curtailed due to the Corona virus epidemic. All winners go to Stockholm or Oslo to collect their prizes.
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