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"I have the distinction of being the only Chemistry Laureate who failed the topic in high school!"

- Tomas Lindahl, who turns 83 today. Happy birthday!

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"Don't follow too much the advice of other people."

When asked what she would advise a young person deciding on a career Medicine Laureate Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard said not to follow other's advice. Instead she suggested: "Follow your interest, your ambition, your passion."

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"A theory in natural science cannot be without experimental foundations; physics, in particular, comes from experimental work."

- Co-discoverer of the J/psi particle, Samuel C.C. Ting.

Photo: Ting with his research team at Brookhaven Laboratory.

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In August 1976, during the Northern Irish Troubles, Mairead Corrigan’s sister’s three children were killed in Belfast.

Betty Williams witnessed the tragedy and with Corrigan she founded a peace organisation to bring an end to the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland.

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Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel was a holocaust survivor, philosopher and humanist.

Wiesel made it his life's work to bear witness to the genocide committed by the Nazis during World War II. He saw the struggle against indifference as a struggle for peace.


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What qualities do you need to be a successful scientist?

2018 Medicine Laureate Tasuku Honjo shares what he believes are the "three c's": curiosity, courage and challenge.

Wishing him a happy birthday today.


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"I've been doing it ever since." In 2017 Barry Barish's passion for physics led to a Nobel Prize.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions towards the detection of gravitational waves, observed by @LIGO.

Learn more:

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"The whole society has an obligation to show mutual respect, to learn from each other and to share material and scientific achievements."

Rigoberta Menchú Tum was awarded the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of the rights of indigenous peoples.

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#OTD in 1970 Arthur Ashkin published 'Acceleration and Trapping of Particles by Radiation Pressure' and demonstrated that lasers could be used to trap, hold and move tiny particles in space.

He was awarded the #NobelPrize in Physics in 2018.

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"Don't work too hard!" says Paul Nurse.

We especially hope that the Medicine Laureate isn't working too hard today as it is his 72nd birthday. Nurse received the 2001 #NobelPrize in Physiology or Medicine for his work related to discoveries of key regulators of the cell cycle.

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In the late 1950s Arvid Carlsson discovered that dopamine is a neurotransmitter and that Parkinson's disease is caused by a lack of dopamine. His work contributed to a new generation of antidepressant drugs.

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"It is amazing for a researcher to see the product of his ideas, of purely abstract constructions with electrons and spins, becoming a concrete reality of the everyday life."

- 2007 Physics Laureate Albert Fert in his banquet speech.

Read his speech:

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“Education that will make a person have more compassion and humanity is the kind of education that the world needs.”

Nobel Laureates Leymah Gbowee and Wole Soyinka reflect upon the power of knowledge and education.


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“If one girl can change the world, what can 130 million girls do?”

In 2012, @Malala Yousafzai was shot three times in an attempt to stop her from speaking out for girls' education. Today, the #NobelPrize laureate is a leading advocate for girls' rights.


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“There can be no such creature.”

When Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman discovered a new type of crystal in 1982 he could hardly believe it. His quasicrystals were considered to be impossible and he faced much criticism before they were finally accepted by the scientific community.

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"My best teacher is not a person."

Who has been your best teacher? Discover what our Nobel Laureates - Frances Arnold, Ben Feringa, Konstantin Novoselov, Didier Queloz and Donna Strickland - had to say.

Watch the full session here:


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"I refuse to accept that world is so poor, when just one week of global military expenditure can bring all our children into classrooms."

On International Day of Education, we honour @k_satyarthi who has dedicated his life for children's right to education.


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Gertrude Elion, born #OTD, obtained her chemistry master's while working as a teacher doing research at night and weekends. Her hard work paid off. In 1988, she was awarded a #NobelPrize for developing new ways to design drugs instead of producing them from natural substances.

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Sir Arthur Lewis originally wanted to be an engineer but as a young man in Saint Lucia, a British colony, in the 1930s, he was not able to because of the colour of his skin. Instead Lewis went onto study economics.

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