"There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen"
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. 1870 – 1924
Friday, 10 December 2010
On this day in 1901 – The first Nobel Prizes are awarded
The highly successful chemist, engineer and inventor, Alfred Nobel, was unpleasantly surprised to read his own obituary in a French newspaper, titled ‘The merchant of death is dead’. Concerned with how he would be remembered his last will requested that his large fortune be used to create a series of prizes for those who confer the "greatest benefit on mankind" in physics, chemistry, peace, physiology or medicine, and literature.