Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel’s will stipulated that his fortune, mostly amassed from his 355 inventions (including dynamite), be used to help individuals and organizations doing work that provides the “greatest benefit on mankind.” Nobel Prizes are handed out every year on 10 December, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death in 1896. They are considered to be among the most prestigious and coveted prizes in the world. But unless you win one, you probably won’t know that you were ever nominated, since the names of the nominees are kept secret for 50 years.
The Nobel Prize is awarded in five different areas. An individual or an organization can win a Peace Prize, but only individuals can win Nobel Prizes for Physics, Literature, Medicine, or Chemistry.
One of Nobel's best-known inventions:
So you'll never know of your nomination? That seems none-too-sporting.