Has Anyone Won Two or More Nobel Prizes?

The Nobel Prize has been given since 1901 for achievements in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Economics and Peace, and American chemist Linus Pauling is the only person to have won two or more Nobel prizes that he did not share with others. Pauling was given the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962. Polish chemist and physicist Marie Curie is the only woman to have two or more Nobel Prizes: in Physics in 1903, which she shared with her husband, Pierre Curie, and in Chemistry in 1911. The International Committee of the Red Cross has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize three times, in 1917, 1944 and 1963.

More about the Nobel Prize:

  • The Curie family has a combined total of five Nobel Prizes. In addition to Pierre's and Marie's prizes, daughter Irene and her husband, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, shared the 1935 Chemistry prize, and daughter Eve’s husband, Henry Richardson Labouisse Jr., received the 1965 Peace prize on behalf of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

  • Nobel Prizes are given each year on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish chemist who willed his estate to fund the prizes.

  • Adolf Hitler passed a law in 1936 forbidding Germans from accepting Nobel Prizes.

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