Indian Nobel Prize Winners

  • 22 June
  • School Blogger

“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”

Mary Shelly

An English novelist


Nobel prize! We all heard about it. The first Nobel prize was awarded in 1901 and since then it is considered the most prestigious award available in respective fields. Initially awarded in Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, and Medicine and later Economic Sciences were also added to the list.


The award is named after Alfred Nobel, who was a chemist, engineer, and inventor. In his lifetime he made more than 300 patents out of which Dynamite was the most popular. Then in 1888, a french newspaper confused his brother’s death with him and wrote “The Merchant of Death is dead.” This troubled Alfred’s conscience. He decided to leave a positive legacy and wrote his will, where he left a great amount of his fortune to reward all those who have selflessly worked for society, presented without any distinction based on nationality or ethnicity.


The Nobel laureates list a few proud Indian names too. Lets introduced you with them and briefly with their astounding work.


  1. Rabindranath Tagore: Yes sir Tagore before giving us our national anthem was awarded the Nobel prize in 1913 in Literature. Official site says he was facilitated "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West."


  1. Dr. C. V. Raman: He was the second and last Indian to win this prestigious prize under the british rule. Our high school students might have definitely studied the Raman effect (the scattering of light), whose discovery led to the Nobel prize in Physics for Dr. Raman in 1930.


  1. Mother Teresa: Who doesn’t know her name or work. Her work and devotion is respected around the globe and for the same she was honoured as saint Teresa. She received the Nobel peace prize in 1979.


  1. Amartya Sen: An Indian economist, whose theories and strategies has given a great contribution in welfare economics and was awarded the prize under the 6th added category, the Nobel prize in Economic Sciences in 1998.


  1. Kailash Satyarthi: Mr. Kailash Satyarthi is an internationally acclaimed child rights activist from India who has been at the vanguard of the global movement to end child slavery and exploitation of children since 1980. For his efforts in 2014, Shri Kailash was awarded the Nobel peace prize.


Along with the above names there are also few other laureates, who were born as Indian but were not Indian citizens when awarded. They are Har Gobind Khorana (medicine 1968), Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (Physics 1983), Venki Ramakrishnan (Chemistry 2009) and Abhijit Banerjee (Economic sciences 2019).


Have you learned anything new today? We are sure you have. We will be sharing more on people who brought changes and left their impacts and also hope that our students stay inspired to follow their lead.

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