Thought for the month

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than cabbages, concludes that it will also make better soup.” Henry L. Mencken, journalist & author (1880 - 1956).

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.

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