Nobel Prizes 2013

October is Nobel Prize Winner Month.

The Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel established the Nobel prizes more than 100 years ago, in 1895, with surprisingly few categories: Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, and Peace.Today, 118 years later, those categories have essentially remained the same, except for the addition of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1968 and the prize for Literature was added in 1901.

 Alice Munro, the Canadian short-story writer whose visceral work explores the tangled relationships between men and women, small-town existence and the fallibility of memory.  Ms. Munro, 82, is the 13th woman to win the prize. Announcing the award in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy said that Ms. Munro is a “master of the contemporary short story.”

The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday 11th October.
 The 2013 Prize in Economic Sciences has not been awarded yet. 
It will be announced on Monday 14 October,

The Nobel Committee does not reveal the identities of any of the nominees, and information about them is sealed for 50 years. But the committee did report a record number of candidates this year: 259, of which 50 are organizations. 

The previous record was in 2011, when there were 241 candidates. Despite the secrecy, rumours and speculation always produce a list of favourites — though the choice of last year’s winner, the European Union, raised eyebrows around the world. 

Washington Post asks you to vote for the person you think should win from their shortlist here.
 Malala gets my vote

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